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Utah Jazz: Injuries limit lineup against Lakers

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 1 2015 11:28 p.m. MDT

The Utah Jazz's Jeremy Evans dunks the ball during a basketball game against the L.A. Clippers at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. The Clippers won 106-74. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News) The Utah Jazz's Jeremy Evans dunks the ball during a basketball game against the L.A. Clippers at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. The Clippers won 106-74. (Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

LOS ANGELES — Injuries continue to make lineup rotations somewhat of a guessing game for the Utah Jazz.

Four players won’t be available for tonight’s game against the Lakers because of injuries. That sidelined group includes Marvin Williams (Achilles), Brandon Rush (knee), Jeremy Evans (rotator cuff) and Trey Burke (finger surgery).

Rookie center Rudy Gobert was only able to participate in part of Tuesday’s practice because of his shoulder injury. Roster hopefuls Scott Machado (abdominal contusion) and Mike Harris (ankle) will also be game-time decisions tonight at Staples Center.

WORRIED YET?: Veteran Richard Jefferson smiled when asked if the team’s offensive struggles are taking a toll on the team’s outlook.

“Not a chance,” he said.

Jefferson, entering his 13th season, said he’s seen 8-0 preseason teams flop in the regular season and 0-8 squads fare well.

Utah's Rudy Gobert and teammate Jeremy Evans try to control the ball as the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors play Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 in preseason action at Energy Solutions arena in Salt Lake City.  (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News) Utah's Rudy Gobert and teammate Jeremy Evans try to control the ball as the Utah Jazz and the Golden State Warriors play Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 in preseason action at Energy Solutions arena in Salt Lake City. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

“It’s the preseason,” he said. “You can’t put too much stock in the wins or the losses.”

LAKER LAND: New Clippers coach Doc Rivers caused a stir in Tinsel Town recently when he made it known that Laker banners would be covered when Kobe Bryant’s team sits on the visitors’ end of Staples Center in the cross-building battle.

That same concept doesn’t apply this week to the Lakers’ practice facility, where the Jazz are working out during this three-game trip.

The interior of the Lakers’ Toyota Center is a bright yellow, with a wide variety of championship banners draped on the walls.

“Yeah, it’s weird,” Jazz small forward Gordon Hayward said, grinning. “They’ve got a lot of stuff up.”

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