Jazz: Kirilenko playing reduced minutes
Atlanta » Even if he came off the bench, the expectation always was that Andrei Kirilenko would play starter's minutes as the Jazz's sixth man. Since returning from ankle surgery, however, Kirilenko has been more a role player than super sub.
There is no pain in Kirilenko's ankle and no restrictions on his minutes, but he has averaged only 21.3 in the last 12 games. Kirilenko played 20 minutes Wednesda vs. the Hawks, finishing with four points and three rebounds.
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan acknowledged the difficulty at finding Kirilenko playing time with Carlos Boozer back in the lineup, Paul Millsap demanding minutes off the bench and Ronnie Brewer making the case to play in the fourth quarter.
"It's all right," said Kirilenko, who guarded Joe Johnson down the stretch Wednesday. "I don't have a problem with this. I feel pretty good with that time."
Sloan started the season bringing in Kirilenko for C.J. Miles midway through the first and third quarters. But Kirilenko recently has been coming off the bench at the very end of those quarters, often in the final minute.
That has left him primarily a second- and fourth-quarter player. Kirilenko didn't enter Wednesday's game until the start of the second quarter and came off the bench for the first time in the second half with 38.7 seconds left in the third quarter.
The other Williams
As Deron Williams arrived in town as the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week, the Hawks played their second game without Marvin Williams , who is out indefinitely with a lower back injury and possibly could miss the rest of the season.
The Hawks passed on both Deron Williams and Chris Paul to select Marvin Williams with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2005 draft. Marvin Williams has averaged 14.0 points and 6.4 rebounds this season.
Deron Williams only learned of Marvin Williams' injury Wednesday. "Anybody you get drafted with, I guess you're going to be linked with," he said.