With the point guard situation up in the air, thanks to the fractured finger of rookie Trey Burke, reporters spent plenty of time this week talking to and writing about Scott Machado.
So naturally the first — and only point guard — off Ty Corbin's bench tonight was Lester Hudson.
The 29-year-old journeyman out of Tennessee-Martin played 27 minutes for the Jazz in a 99-92 loss to Portland. Hudson finished with 7 points on 3 of 7 shooting and had 2 assists.
Corbin said he was particularly impressed with Hudson's defensive performance, which included 2 steals and a nice block on Portland's Wes Matthews.
"He made some shots for us early, but I thought he did a good job defensively," Corbin said. "Staying in to guys' bodies, got his hands on a lot of balls. He made his shots when he had shots, and I thought his energy and the way he advanced the ball in transition was good."
Corbin admitted Hudson is not a "true point guard," but that may not matter. Hudson saw extended minutes alongside Alec Burks — another shooting guard who has been asked to handle point duties — and swingman Gordon Hayward, who led the Jazz with 7 assists.
Corbin wanted the trio to share ball-handling duties and said he "saw some good things" from the platoon.
— Aaron Falk
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