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If Corbin lessens the workload on his most-used players, it’s understandable.
• Jefferson played 38 minutes against Phoenix. He has played at least 30 minutes in 20 of the last 21 games.
• Millsap played 41 minutes against the Suns. He has averaged 39.4 minutes in the last eight games.
• Hayward played 42 minutes against Phoenix. He has played at least 34 minutes in 15 straight games, going back to March 18.
• Harris played 34 minutes against the Suns. He has played at least 31 minutes in seven consecutive games.
Jazz on roll
The Jazz owned a 15-18 record after a 103-98 defeat at Sacramento on Feb. 28.
Since losing to the Kings, however, Utah has gone 20-12, including victories over Miami, San Antonio, Dallas and the L.A. Lakers. The Jazz have won four straight heading into the game against Portland, including one in overtime (Orlando) and another in triple-overtime (Dallas).
Corbin’s reaction to the stretch run?
"We’re in; we got in the dance," he said. "That’s the main thing. We got the invite. We know we’re going to be in there, so now we have to prepare for playoff basketball."
Congrats roll in
After the win over Phoenix, Corbin received numerous congratulatory phone calls and text messages from family members and friends.
He had "too many [texts] to answer at one time," he reported, so he responded by "trying to do the group thing."
Laughing at his own lack of texting skills, Corbin said, "It didn’t work out."
Jefferson credited Corbin and the chemistry in the locker room for the Jazz’s ability to survive the tough times during the lockout-shortened season.
"If the chemistry wasn’t there, we probably would have turned away from coach," Jefferson said. "But that’s the beauty of this team. Everybody was humble. If I scored, the whole team felt like they scored. … I’ve never been a part of [anything] like this."
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