SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Utah Jazz will be without Mo Williams and Kevin Murphy tonight, but their absences are for different reasons.
Williams was listed as doubtful for the Jazz's rematch against the Sacramento Kings after being re-diagnosed with a moderate sprain of his right forefoot, but he said "definitely not tonight" when asked about his status.
It's uncertain when he'll be able to play again. So far, he's received various forms of treatment but hasn't put much weight on the right foot, which is still experiencing swelling.
The Jazz's starting point guard injured himself during Friday's 104-102 win over the Kings at EnergySolutions Arena, and it was initially believed he'd sprained his right ankle.
In Williams' place, Jamaal Tinsley will fill in his starter role. Backup Earl Watson played for the first time this season on Friday seven months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, but his playing time is limited while he eases his way back into a playing routine.
Watson's return made it so Murphy didn't dress Friday for the first time in his young NBA career.
The Jazz's second-round pick is scheduled to be reassigned to the Reno Bighorns of the D-League on Monday, but Murphy's move could be put on hold pending the severity of Williams' foot injury.
The 6-6 Murphy has only seen action in three of the 7-6 Jazz's first 13 games, averaging 1.3 points in 3.0 minutes.
Murphy's newborn son and wife recently moved to Utah from Atlanta. The Tennessee Tech guard missed the first few days of training camp in early October to be there for the birth of his first child.
As for Williams, he tried to come back after rolling his foot in the second quarter against the Kings on Friday night, but was in too much pain to play.
In the locker room following the game, Williams wore a walking boot on his right foot. He was hopeful that treatment, including laser therapy, will help him heal as quickly as possible.
Tinsley played quite well in Williams' absence, dishing out 12 assists, including a nice feed to Gordon Hayward for the game-winning jumper with 4.5 seconds remaining. That play was set up on a key steal by Tinsley, who swiped the ball out of Kings guard Aaron Brooks' hands with 15 seconds remaining.
The Jazz are looking for their fourth-consecutive victory, but they are just 2-6 on the road. Sacramento (3-9) beat the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday at recently renamed Sleep Train Arena, where the Kings are 3-4.
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