Utah Jazz: Kanter benching not expected to continue
The Jazz's sluggish but encouraging 104-99 win over New Orleans on Wednesday certainly didn't provide a lot of memorable moments. That was true for no player more than Enes Kanter.
The second-year Jazz center played a season-low five minutes as coach Tyrone Corbin opted to play a three-man frontcourt rotation with Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Derrick Favors.
Corbin said Thursday that it was not an indication of long-term plans for the position, but rather a response to how the Hornets' post players, led by Robin Lopez, were playing.
"Paul was going at a pretty good click," Corbin said, "and Al was going pretty good and Derrick. They made a run, and I wanted to keep some offensive presence on the floor so I decided to go back with Paul."
Following the win, Kanter said he was not upset by the one-game benching and that Corbin encouraged him to "hang in there."
"We like all of our big guys," Corbin said, "and I like to keep Enes engaged. It's just that I thought last night that we needed some offense."
Kanter, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2011 draft, scored two points and grabbed two rebounds. He averages 6.3 points and 4.1 rebounds in 14 minutes per game.
Randy Foye's record
Monday's 125-80 loss to Houston will live forever in the record books but not only for the obvious reason.
Randy Foye made his 100th 3-pointer of the season in that game, becoming the fastest Jazz player to reach that mark. He accomplished the feat in 45 games, 13 fewer than it took Jazz center Mehmet Okur, who previously held the record.
"Obviously," Foye said, "I work hard at what I do. But it still really doesn't matter we're fighting for positioning in the playoffs. So every game counts. I've got to keep making them and helping our team win."
After a 1-of-4 performance against the Hornets, Foye's percentage fell to 43.4 percent and he dipped from the fifth-best percentage in the NBA to seventh.
Still, there is a growing movement in social media to get Foye into the 3-point shooting contest two weeks in Houston. However, Foye said he wasn't pushing for a berth, adding, "I really don't know how that stuff works, to tell you the truth. ... I really don't pay attention to that. My main focus now is to finish the season strong."
Some NBA teams dream of having a crowd of 17,490, even if that is only the number of tickets sold and not an actual measure of those in attendance.
But for the Utah Jazz, it was a noticeable dip when they hit that mark Thursday.
The Jazz were coming off a 45-point loss, sure, and the Hornets weren't an especially sexy opponent. But the Jazz's official attendance was under 18,000 for just the second time this season (the first was opening night against Dallas on Halloween) and anyone who saw the arena would attest that it was even emptier than that.
"Our fans are tremendous here," Corbin said. "Whatever it was, we trust our fans love us and we love them and we want to put forward a tremendous performance every night we step on the floor. They're part of the reason you're so disappointed in a game like we had against Houston. It was just one of those games, I don't know."
The Jazz are seventh in the NBA, drawing 18,800 fans per game. Last season they were sixth at 19,306. Capacity at EnergySolutions Arena is 19,911.
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