Utah Jazz notebook: Gordon Hayward game-time decision vs. Dallas
Matt Gade, Deseret News
DALLAS — An hour after missing 16 shots, Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward said he wanted to get back into the gym and work his way out of his slump.
Instead of practicing on his shot Thursday, Hayward was forced to rest during the team’s workout Thursday because of an injury.
Hayward will be a game-time decision tonight due to a bruised right kneecap when the Jazz (1-12) visit Dallas (8-4) at American Airlines Arena.
The injury occurred during Wednesday’s 105-98 loss at New Orleans when Hayward bumped knees with another player.
While his teammates stretched before practice Thursday, Hayward propped his foot up on a chair and received electronic stimulation treatment to help ease the pain.
The Jazz were trying to help Hayward overcome emotional pain from his rough 1-for-17 shooting night. He spent about a half-hour after the game in the locker room at New Orleans Arena, sitting in silence before showering.
When he returned, Hayward blamed the loss to the Pelicans on himself.
“He’s disappointed. Some nights in this league it’s just not going to go in the hole for you,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. “That’s one of the things we love about the guy is he takes it personally.”
Though Hayward recently had a 5 of 23 night against San Antonio, Corbin knows games like that are an anomaly. His latest was the worst shooting night in Jazz history, even poorer than Karl Malone’s 1 for 16 night on Nov. 20, 2002.
“We love him and we’re going to stay with him and we’re going to work with him through this tough game,” Corbin said. “He won’t have many nights where he’ll shoot 1 for 17. We trust that.”
REJOINING JAZZ: Forward Marvin Williams underwent surgery to reset his broken nose Thursday in Utah. He also had a specialized mask made to protect his nose, which was injured a week ago against the Spurs.
Williams was expected to fly to Dallas to meet up with the team. It’s possible he’ll play tonight against the Mavericks. Corbin said the team could use the 6-foot-9 forward defensively against rangy 7-footer Dirk Nowitzki.
“Marvin would come in handy,” Corbin said.
TEAM TRIP: The Jazz landed in Dallas and bused to the John F. Kennedy memorial at the Sixth Floor Museum to learn about the presidential assassination, which took place 50 years ago today. In years past, the team has taken trips to other historical sites, such as the Oklahoma City Memorial and the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis.
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