Utah Jazz: Al Jefferson injured, Derrick Favors to start vs. Sixers

Published: Friday, Dec. 30 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (Ravell Call, Deseret News) Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (Ravell Call, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY Derrick Favors didn't last on the bench long.

The second-year big man will start tonight for the Utah Jazz against the Philadelphia 76ers, after all.

Favors is replacing usual starting center Al Jefferson because Big Al is out with an inflamed right ankle, the Jazz announced not long before the 7 p.m. MT tipoff.

This will be the first game Jefferson has missed since joining the Jazz at the beginning of the 2010-11 season. Paul Millsap will be the starting power forward, a move Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin made at this morning's shootaround.

Jefferson's status for Saturday's game in San Antonio is unknown at this point.

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