C.J. Miles, Derrick Favors start for short-handed Utah Jazz
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin used his 10th starting lineup in 44 games this season, when Utah played Golden State at EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday night.
The Jazz had only 11 players available because of injuries to Raja Bell (strained adductor) and Earl Watson (sprained ankle). Al Jefferson was also absent after the death of his grandmother last week.
Corbin moved C.J. Miles and Derrick Favors into the starting lineup for Bell and Jefferson, respectively.
Miles made the 146th regular-season start of his career, but his first start this season. Favors made his seventh start of the year, but only his second since Jan. 30.
Asked why he started Miles over Gordon Hayward or Alec Burks, Corbin said, "It gives us a chance to start a more mature veteran against these guys. I completely trust C.J. ... He knows how to play. He's been with us a long time. We know who he is, and we expect him to respond."
Corbin downplayed the idea that his job of finding minutes for players is easier when one member of his wing rotation is unavailable.
"We're one weapon short, and we need all our weapons," Corbin said. "We need everybody available.
"It also gives me more choices when I look down [the bench]. Guys give us different things, and it takes a choice away from me."
"More aggressive and relaxed at home"
The Jazz are clearly better at home than on the road this season.
One reason: defense.
In the past four home games, Utah has allowed an average of 94 points in victories over Minnesota, Detroit, Miami and Houston.
In the past 10 road games, the Jazz have allowed 105.4 points. They are only 2-8 in those games after allowing at least 100 points in nine of them.
"We're more aggressive and relaxed at home," Corbin said. "And I think our fans give us that extra boost we need sometimes, to get us over the hump."
The Warriors played without point guard Stephen Curry (ankle) and newly acquired Andrew Bogut, who remains sidelined with a fractured ankle.
Golden State lost two straight games before playing the Jazz, including a 120-98 disaster to Milwaukee on Friday night in Oakland.
"â¦ They are kind of trying to find themselves right now," Corbin said. "But they are playing hard. I watched them against Milwaukee, and I thought they fought hard. Milwaukee just made a lot of shots, and they couldn't get it going."