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Utah Jazz: Raja Bell 'probable' for tonight's game with Warriors

Published: Monday, Dec. 13 2010 12:12 p.m. MST

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SALT LAKE CITY — Shooting guard Raja Bell may play when the Jazz face the Golden State Warriors tonight, coach Jerry Sloan suggested today.

Bell has missed Utah's last two games due to a strained right adductor muscle.

"I don't know if we'll have Raja or not," Sloan said. "I'd say it's probable."

If Bell cannot go, Sloan added, rookie Gordon Hayward would make a third straight start in his place. Hayward went scoreless as a starter in the Jazz's last two games, Friday's home win over Orlando and Saturday's loss at Dallas.

"I'll go ahead and start Gordon," Sloan said.

"Yeah. Let him have a chance to play some," the Jazz coach added. "It's very important minutes for him, not having played (much previously) — get a chance to see where he is, and how he's gonna react, and try to improve."

Raja Bell of the Utah Jazz maintains ball control during the game against the New Jersey Nets at the EnergySolutions Arena. (Michael Brandy, Deseret News) Raja Bell of the Utah Jazz maintains ball control during the game against the New Jersey Nets at the EnergySolutions Arena. (Michael Brandy, Deseret News)

The Jazz are calling both Bell and reserve center Kyrylo Fesenko "game-time decisions" for tonight.

Fesenko has missed Utah's last three games with a sprained left ankle.

Tonight ends a stretch with 10-of-12 at home for the Jazz, who start a run with 6-of-7 on the road Friday at New Orleans.

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