Jazz forward Paul Millsap won’t be partying during the All-Star break.
Bruised and fatigued after starting every one of Utah’s first 54 games this season, Millsap plans a low-key mini-vacation in Salt Lake City.
"I’m going to be at home — resting," Millsap said. "I like beaches and things, but it’s not the time. I just don’t want to do nothing right now. I don’t even want to leave the house."
In the Jazz’s final game before the break on Wednesday night, Millsap scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 97-93 win at Minnesota.
After the game, trainer Gary Briggs taped Millsap’s grotesquely crooked pinkie finger on his left hand, which was injured during the game.
"It’s all right," Millsap said.
Some other Jazz players and coaches will also spend their days off in Utah. Others have plans for quick get-aways to warmer climates.
"I’m probably just going to stay in Salt Lake," said Enes Kanter, who contributed 10 points and three rebounds against the Timberwolves.
"I’ll work out. I’ll relax. Maybe get a little crazy, you know."
Veteran point guard Earl Watson finished with six points and five assists at Minnesota as he continues a comeback from offseason knee surgery.
"I just want to keep getting stronger — get my leg stronger so I can become 100 percent," Watson said. "I’m kind of excited for that — just continuing to build physically."
Watson plans to "just chill out" during the All-Star break, although he plans to do so in Los Angeles.
"A little nicer weather," he said. "I’ll get away from the snow a little bit."
Coach Tyrone Corbin will also escape Utah’s winter. He is headed to South Carolina "to take care of some business and then get some rest."
Forward Jeremy Evans will attempt to defend his slam-dunk championship in Houston on Saturday night.
With the help of Mo Williams, who has been sidelined with a thumb injury, Evans has been practicing "a few things" in recent days.
Asked if he can defend his title, Evans smiled and said, "It’s going to be tough, but that’s what I’m going for."Next Page >
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