SALT LAKE CITY — Ninety minutes before the game, Quin Snyder wouldn’t say who would start tonight’s game against the Miami Heat, but he did say he was open to the possibility of changing Utah's starting five.
About an hour later, it was announced that Donovan Mitchell would replace Rodney Hood on Friday night against the Miami Heat.
The Jazz have gotten off to several poor starts this season at the start of the first and third quarters, especially last game against Philadelphia, leading to obvious questions about whether the first five needs to be changed up.
Snyder answered “yes” when asked if he’d considered switching up the starting five. The Jazz have used just two different starting lineups this year, with Mitchell replacing Hood, when he wasn't healthy.
“It’s something we’ve (thought about), not because of one or two guys,” he said. “I’ve said this ... you don’t want to be reactionary. You look at five-man lineups, how telling is all that stuff after 10 or so games.
“At the same time we’ve considered finishing different lineups, finishing different quarters -- we’ve considered all that,” Snyder added. “We’re in the information-gathering phase and we’ll probably be there for awhile. That’s the reality."
As for Miami, coach Eric Spoelstra said he expected all of his players to be ready to play after a couple of them sat out of practice this week. That would mean Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters and Goran Dragic will likely start tonight.