TAYLORSVILLE One number jumping from the box score was 29, the scoring total of 2007 first-round draft choice Morris Almond.
The other was 13, which equals the number of minutes '07 second-round selection Kyrylo Fesenko played in the Jazz's 83-78 Rocky Mountain Revue victory over Atlanta on Thursday night at Salt Lake Community College.
That's 17 fewer than Almond, nine fewer than 2008 first-rounder Kosta Koufos and even fewer than free-agent big men Hiram Fuller and Kevin Lyde.
It also marks the third straight time the under-contract Ukrainian center has played fewer than 20 minutes, and the second time he's watched the end of a rather close summer-league game.
Asked if a message was being sent to Fesenko, who was first out of the locker room Thursday and exited before it was even open to media, Jazz Revue coach Tyrone Corbin suggested otherwise.
"Not that I know about," Corbin said. "I mean, we coach the game how it flows and try to get guys minutes. We've got a lot of guys (14 played Thursday) and try to give everybody a decent look.
"So, it just kind of happened that way."
Corbin wrote the snub off to a combination of foul trouble (though Fesenko had only two fouls), combinations (Fesenko and Koufos "together kind of get in each other's way," he said) and coincidence ("Guys on the floor were doing a good job").
Asked if the franchise wouldn't want try maximizing their investment in Fesenko who drew head coach Jerry Sloan's ire by showing up for summer camp with bleach-blond hair, and who according to Corbin is "not in top-notch shape" the Jazz assistant coach offered this response:
"Could he get more minutes? Probably. So could a lot of other guys on the roster."
The most Thursday went to Almond, who shot 10-of-19 from the field and 8-of-10 from the free-throw line as the Jazz sealed their victory hitting 8-of-8 freebies two by Almond, two by Brian Greene and four from Earl Calloway in the final 1:06.
"As the camp has progressed, he's figured out how to get his shots, when to get his shot within the flow of what we're doing," Corbin said of Almond. "He's done a lot better job the last two ballgames, especially (Thursday night), of just being a little more patient and not forcing the action and taking advantage of opportunities.
"He just has to understand there's more to the game than just scoring points."
The Jazz conclude Revue play tonight vs. Dallas.
In Thursday's other games:
GOLDEN STATE 82, D-LEAGUE AMBASSADORS 81: Ex-Georgia Tech guard Anthony Morrow had 19 points as the Warriors improved to 3-0. Nick Lewis, who led the D-League's 0-3 all-star team with 17, missed a would-be game-winner at the buzzer.
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