Miles, Favors will start against Golden State
Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin will start C.J. Miles and Derrick Favors against Golden State on Saturday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
Miles moves into the line-up because Raja Bell will be sidelined with a strained adductor. It will be Miles' first start of the season and comes just two nights after he did not play in a 111-105 overtime win over Minnesota because of what Corbin described as "dizziness."
Favors makes his seventh start of the season -- but only his second since Jan. 30 -- because center Al Jefferson is not with the team. He joined his family in Mississippi after the victory over the Timberwolves because of his grandmother's death last week.
Corbin's other starters will remain the same: Devin Harris at point guard, Josh Harris at small forward and Paul Millsap at power forward.
This will be the 10th different starting line-up used by the Jazz this season.
Corbin's decision to start Miles ahead of Gordon Hayward, who scored 26 points against Minnesota, is an interesting one.
According to Corbin, Hayward "can be more aggressive offensively and get himself going" by coming off the bench. He's more of a play-maker with the second unit and "does a good job in that role," Corbin explained.
By starting Miles, Corbin might be hoping to put more pressure on Golden State rookie Klay Thompson, especially on the defensive end if Miles gets going early.
"It gives us a chance to start a more mature veteran against these guys," Corbin said. "I completely trust in C.J. ... He knows how to play. He's been with us a long time. We know who he is and we expect him to respond."
The Jazz, who have won four straight at home over Minnesota, Detroit, Miami and Houston. They are 11th in the Western Conference standings with a 21-22 record -- three games behind sixth-place Dallas.
-- Steve Luhm
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