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Utah Jazz: Corbin likely to start big lineup against Houston

Published November 19, 2012 3:01 pm

NBA • That means Jefferson, Favors and Millsap up front, with Hayward coming off bench
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The Utah Jazz are expected to once again use their supersized starting lineup Monday night, when they play host to Houston at EnergySolutions Arena.

Although coach Tyrone Corbin was not available after the morning shootaround to confirm his plans, Gordon Hayward said he was planning to come off the bench for the second straight game.

In Saturday night's 83-76 win at Washington, Corbin juggled his starters for the first time this season.

He started Randy Foye in place of Hayward and Derrick Favors for Marvin Williams.

The move gave Utah a starting front court that included 6-foot-10 Al Jefferson at center, the 6-10 Favors at power forward and 6-foot-8 Paul Millsap at small forward.

The Jazz didn't play well early against the winless Wizards, falling behind by 13 points in the opening minutes. But Hayward came off the bench to fuel a comeback and the Jazz finished with a 2-2 split on their four-game road trip.

"I thought it was average," Hayward said. "I thought we definitely could have played better. ... But it wasn't a disaster, going 2-2. I think you've got to be happy with that."

The Jazz have already played an NBA-high eight road games, but three of their next four are at home, where Utah is 3-0.

"It feels like we've been gone forever, so it's nice to be back for the holidays," Hayward said. "I know a lot of people have family coming in. ...

"We need to get back to Utah Jazz-style of basketball in front of our fans. Our crowd is going to be good for us."

Hayward finished with 15 points and five assists in 25 minutes in his first non-start of the season at Washington.

Asked if he was O.K. with the new role, Hayward nodded and said, "Whatever coach wants us to do, I'm going to do. As long as we get wins, that's what it's all about."