Jazz back at practice after win, prepping for trip to New York

Published: Sunday, Feb. 5 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

SALT LAKE CITY — Even though the Utah Jazz knocked off the Los Angeles Lakers Saturday night, the players still had to get up Sunday morning for a practice prior to their trip to New York in the early afternoon.

That’s the usual m.o. for the Jazz to get in as many practices as possible in this shortened season.

The Jazz will play the New York Knicks Monday night, then fly to Indiana for a Tuesday night game.

When asked if he considered giving his players the day off after their win Saturday, coach Tyrone Corbin replied, “They’ll get the day off on the plane — we’ve got a long ride ahead of us.’’

For the players it wasn’t a big deal to come to the Zion’s Bank Center prior to the trip to New York.

“No, we’re used to it,’’ said Al Jefferson. “We’d have been surprised if we got the day off.’’

For a change, all 13 players were healthy for the practice, including Raja Bell, who raced onto the floor with carrying his shoes and socks as Corbin gathered his players at the start of practice. Bell had been out a week because of an abductor strain, but played in Saturday’s game against the Lakers, starting and playing 22 minutes. Also back for Saturday’s game were guards Devin Harris, who was out a game with a sore hamstring and Earl Watson, who had missed Friday’s game with an ankle sprain.

The Jazz were scheduled to arrive in Newark at just around the time the Super Bowl was kicking off Sunday evening.

Corbin said he didn’t care who wins, since his beloved Miami Dolphins aren’t playing.

“We should be there in time for halftime,’’ Corbin said, although he wasn’t excited about seeing Madonna.

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