Jazz: Sloan is considering shaking up starters
ROCHESTER, Mich. » Jazz coach Jerry Sloan still had not decided about any potential lineup changes Thursday, but he did concede that he has been disappointed by the team's recent starts and said, "If we have to move people around, that's what we'll do."
After the Jazz trailed New Jersey 27-7 at the end of the first quarter Wednesday, Sloan opened the second half with Andrei Kirilenko and Kyle Korver playing with starters Deron Williams, Paul Millsap and Mehmet Okur.
Ronnie Brewer and C.J. Miles were benched for the entire second half, but Sloan sounded inclined Thursday to continue playing Kirilenko as a sixth man instead of a starter. "Andrei's been a huge thing for us to come off the bench," Sloan said.
Brewer has started all 102 games he has played the past two seasons. Miles, however, is a first-year starter and recently has been criticized by Sloan.
"I'm playing hard," Miles said. "I don't feel like I'm not playing hard. I'm not doing anything on purpose. I didn't come out, didn't get it done, that's all there is to it."
Raising the stakes
Carlos Boozer disputed the context of his comment -- "No matter what, I'm going to get a raise regardless" -- to ESPN.com in talking about opting out of his contract for 2009-10. Boozer said of reporter Chris Sheridan: "He basically put that in my mouth. Without saying it in so many words. He used that word [raise], I didn't even use that word. I don't even talk like that."
Millsap said he would have no problem playing behind Boozer if he re-signed with the Jazz. "Playing behind him made me better so far," Millsap said. "I'm not a selfish guy. I would love to play with him."