Utah Jazz: Trey Burke, Jeremy Evans practice, while Marvin Williams stays behind for nose surgery
Burke averaged 9.5 points on 33.3 shooting and 4.0 assists in his two full preseason games before going out with the injury.
Corbin has warned that it will take awhile for returning players to get up to full speed and for the team to fully mesh.
Williams is a good example. He had a rough go at first after playing for the first time on Nov. 8 since his June surgery, but he’s coming off of a season-high 16 points in Monday’s loss. He’s only averaging 7.6 points, which is rising, but he’s hit 45.5 percent from 3-point range in his seven games.
“I’ve never questioned his competitiveness for us and the fact that he wanted to do whatever he can to help us win,” Corbin said. “He’s playing well for us now. He’s playing a bigger role for us.”
As long as the Jazz are struggling and losing, however, Williams won’t be fully satisfied with his performance. He even refused to call his recent success bittersweet because of the three-game losing streak.
“There’s nothing sweet about it. I have to be 100 percent honest. I don’t even care how I’m playing personally,” Williams said. “Losing every other night is very frustrating. Hopefully we just continue to work hard and get better and kind of get off this slide.”
Williams hopes to rejoin the Jazz in either Dallas or Oklahoma City. He can’t travel for 24 hours after his surgery and his return will be dictated on his nose’s swelling and comfort levels.
“Usually I bounce back pretty quickly,” he said. “Hopefully, I do and I’ll be able to catch up with them after.”
The injury happened in the first half against the Spurs when Tim Duncan elbowed him in the face. Williams returned that night and has played with a temporary mask at times.
“Honestly, it’s kind of sucked,” he said, “because my biggest fear was getting hit again.”
That happened Monday when Warriors power forward David Lee accidentally popped him in the face.
“It probably hurt more last night,” he said, “than the first time when I actually did it.”
Williams kept playing and doesn’t plan on missing much action.
“It’s unfortunate, man. But I’ve been around long enough to know things like this happen. I know how to bounce back from them,” Williams said. “Obviously, I’ve done it with my Achilles. I’ve done it with my back before, so when I get back in I’ll just try to continue to do the things I’ve been doing.”
The Jazz can’t wait to get Burke and Evans back to doing what they do, too.
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