Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin proud of players, coaches for sticking together after dismal start
RUSH TO JUDGMENT: Shooting guard Brandon Rush was a non-factor for the first few weeks of the season. But he has gradually begun to find his rhythm in recent games, and he scored seven points in Monday's win over the Nuggets.
"He's getting better. He's getting more and more confident," Corbin said. "He's just trying and playing the game as we get going a little bit deeper in the season here, and that's going to be huge for us.
"We need everybody that we have on this roster to be ready to go and to play their best every night they're out there on the floor for us to have a chance to win. So he's a guy that we're looking forward to continuing to get better."
Rush admitted that his confidence level has begun to grow in recent games.
"I felt a little more confident and a little more comfortable than what I've been showing the last few weeks, and I think it just comes from practice," he said. "All the practices that we've been having these last two or three weeks, and it's just paying off and just trying to switch it over to the games.
"It's definitely fun and it's definitely fun getting the win with the guys."
HAYWARD'S STATUS: Hayward, Utah's leading scorer at 17.1 points per game, has missed the last two games with an injured left hip. He'll travel with the team to Texas, but whether he plays Wednesday night remains to be seen.
"He's gonna go (on the trip)," Corbin said. "I don't know if he's gonna be ready to play (Wednesday) night or not. We'll see how he's doing. We want to make sure we do the right thing so when he's back he's back for a while and not take a chance on getting hurt any further."
Rush said that the Jazz offense continues to make progress and, when Hayward does return, he expects even more improvement.
"I think we're coming along great," he said. "We're still missing G (Hayward); we can't wait to get G back, but once he gets back, I think it's going to just take off because everybody's starting to find their roles on the team and everybody's been trying to make plays and we're playing within ourselves."
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