Shootaround notes: Jazz will use same starters vs. Celtics
Boston — Notes following Jazz shootaround Wednesday at TD Garden.
Utah will start Devin Harris, C.J. Miles, Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson against the Celtics.
Earl Watson will be Harris' primary backup.
There is no update about guard Raja Bell, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said.
Corbin on Watson and Tinsley: Earl was hurt. He's back healthy. I told both guys it's going to take a little while; see what gives us the best chance. But I like what both guys bring and they lead their group pretty well. I'll probably come off with Earl tonight first and then Jamaal's going to be ready to go back in. … Earl was still hurt. He was coming back. He set a few games and he was going into a back-to-back. I thought it was better to wait until the second night of the back-to-back and let him get another day or two of rest to get healthy. Both guys have been great, man. They continue to work hard and support each other and play when they're on the floor.
Corbin said the Jazz could play Watson and Tinsley together in the second unit if an opponent goes small.
The Celtics: They're veteran guys. They know each other very well. They're going to compete every night they step on the floor. Defensively, they're one of the best teams — if not the best team — in the league at just knowing where each guy's going to be. They're going to be physical. Offensively, they read each other very well and they're a veteran club that pass the ball very well, and they take advantage of any mistake that you make.
Brian T. Smith
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