Utah Jazz's Millsap, Evans doubtful against New Orleans Hornets
New Orleans — Notes following Jazz shootaround Friday morning at New Orleans Arena.
Utah forward Paul Millsap (sprained right wrist) and forward Jeremy Evans (sprained right ankle) are doubtful against the Hornets.
If Millsap and Evans are unable to play, the Jazz will only have nine active players.
Utah's expected to start Devin Harris, Gordon Hayward, DeMarre Carroll, Derrick Favors and Al Jefferson if Millsap's inactive. Everyone from Carroll to Hayward could help fill in at power forward if Millsap's held out.
Millsap was able to walk through shootaround but didn't grip a ball or shoot. Evans is still struggling to run, and Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin doesn't expect him to play against the Hornets.
Millsap on his wrist: It's getting better. The pain is tolerable now. I didn't shoot anything this morning. I'm going to wait til tonight. Get a few more hours … get a little bit more treatment and see what happens.
Smarter to sit out and play against Memphis on Saturday: This is a big game. Just see what happens tonight, man, and see how it feels. I'm going to see the mood of the team, see my mood, see what happens.
No break or fracture: I don't know. I don't have a clue. There's just pain there. More pain you can get out, the closer I am to getting on the court.
How injury occurred: I didn't feel it during the course of the game, during running. Trying to win a basketball game, didn't feel it at the time. That night, just untolerable pain occurred.
Made worse because it's his shooting hand: If it was the off hand, there'd be no question. Seeing how it's the shooting hand, you don't want to get out there and hurt your team. Just got to play it by ear and do the best I can if I get out there.
Corbin on whether he thinks Millsap will play: I'm a little hopeful, but he didn't use his right hand at all this morning.
Shorthanded team: Yeah, we're limited. With Jeremy being out also, we're shorthanded. We'll get it worked out.
Hornets also being shorthanded but some players are excelling: Yeah, we can't approach it with whatever they're doing. We've got to make sure that we understand we are who we are. We've got to play a certain way.
Dealing with a wrist issue as a player: … At times you can play and not worry about shooting, as long as you can grip the ball. And he's a rebounder. He's going to have his hands on guys' back a lot and posting up on post defense.
Brian T. Smith
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