Charlotte, N.C. • Utah Jazz rookies Rudy Gobert and Ian Clark are expected to be back with the team Saturday night and available to play against the Bobcats after a three-game stint in the NBA Development League.
In search of playing time for the two, Utah sent Gobert and Clark to the Bakersfield Jam on Dec. 14. In three games with the team, all starts, Clark averaged 12.3 points, 3 rebounds and 4.3 assists. Gobert averaged 14 points, 13 rebounds and 4.3 blocks
"To play," Jazz coach Ty Corbin said last week when asked what he wanted his rookies to accomplish. "To get some time on the floor, to play, to get some extended minutes and learn. Do some of the things we talked about them getting better at and see them do it in a game situation."
Tipoff • 5:30 p.m. MT.
TV • ROOT Sports
Radio • 97.5 FM, 960 AM, 1280 AM
Utah's probable starters:
PG — Trey Burke, 13.5 ppg, 5.1 apg
SG — Gordon Hayward, 16.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg
SF — Richard Jefferson, 9.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg
PF — Marvin Williams, 9.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg
C — Derrick Favors, 13.7 ppg, 1.3 rpg
Charlotte's probable starters:
PG — Kemba Walker, 17.8 ppg, 4.5 apg
SG — Gerald Henderson, 14.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg
SF — Jeffery Taylor, 8.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg
PF — Josh McRoberts, 8.4 ppg, 5.7 apg
C — Al Jefferson, 15.6 ppg, 9.3 rpg
On the Jazz: Coming off a blowout loss in Atlanta last night. Utah is 2-6 on the second half of back-to-back's this year. … Enes Kanter's 13-point, 13 rebound night against the Hawks was his fifth double-double of the year. … Rookie point guard Trey Burke scored just 2 points Friday after scoring 30 on Wednesday.
On the Bobcats: Winners of three straight. … Playing improved much defense under new coach Steve Clifford, jumping from 29th in the league last year to second coming into tonight. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Brendan Haywood are out with injuries.
The spread: Bobcats -4.5, per Bovada.lv.
HOT: Charlotte point guard Kemba Walker has scored 20-plus points in three straight games.
NOT: As a team, the Jazz shot under 39 percent Wednesday.
— Aaron Falk
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