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NBA » Mo Williams’ return provides much-needed speed.

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But the play itself, Williams darting around obstacles and getting a clean look at the go-ahead basket, filled an oft-noted hole for the Jazz.

"Mo gave us what we thought he would give us," Corbin said. "The speed. Even on the layup he missed, to get from where he got to the basket so quickly, although he missed the layup, was what we missed."

At a glance

Jazz at Bulls

At United Center (Chicago)

Tipoff » Friday, 6 p.m.


Radio » 1280 AM, 97.5 FM, 960 AM

Records » Jazz 32-29; Bulls 34-27

Season series » Bulls lead, 1-0

About the Jazz » Al Jefferson is listed as a game-time decision but is expected to play after missing three games with a sprained left ankle. ... The Jazz are 0-3 in games where DeMarre Carroll starts alongside Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Randy Foye and Mo Williams. ... The Jazz have lost five of their past six games, including the first two on this four-game road trip.

About the Bulls » Former MVP Derrick Rose moves closer to returning from a left knee injury but is listed as out. ... The Bulls defeated the Jazz 93-89 on Feb. 8 behind 19 points from former Utah forward Carlos Boozer. ... Boozer averages 15.5 points and 9.2 rebounds per game.

Lineup changes

» By starting DeMarre Carroll, Tyrone Corbin made his first change to the starting lineup not based on an injury since mid-November.

» The Jazz are 0-3 in games in which the expected new starting lineup started.

» In his first game back after missing 32, Mo Williams immediately displayed the speed that makes him so valuable.

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After a surgery and a minor adjustment to the lineup, the Jazz are at what Corbin hopes is full strength.

The Jazz just hope it’s strong enough.


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