Utah Jazz notes: Marvin Williams won't play at New Orleans
Jazz forward Marvin Williams won't play Wednesday night at New Orleans, according to coach Tyrone Corbin.
Williams stayed in Utah when his teammates left for the start of a three-game road trip so he could undergo a surgical procedure to re-set a broken nose.
Williams was injured last Friday against San Antonio. But he continued to play he was extremely productive in two games against Golden State.
Williams finished with 14 points and six rebounds in a 102-88 loss in Oakland on Saturday. He went 5 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 5 on 3-pointers.
Williams scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds in a 98-87 defeat in a rematch against the Warriors on Monday at EnergySolutions Arena.
"I can't say enough about Marvin and how much we appreciate him ... staying on the floor and trying to do everything he can to get us over the hump," Corbin said. "I really appreciate and respect that."
Williams underwent surgery on his Achilles during the offseason. He has averaged 7.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in 21.3 minutes over seven games this season.
Corbin praised the "effort, leadership and toughness" Williams is demonstrating. He could return Friday, when the Jazz continue their trip at Dallas.
No tanking allowed
The Jazz are 1-11 and won't be favored to win any of their next four games against New Orleans, Dallas, Oklahoma City and Chicago.
Corbin insists, however, Utah is more interested in trying to win than gain early season positioning for the draft lottery.
"For the guys on the floor, you go out there every night and it's a battle," he said. "You have to think about the here and now being as good as you can be now. ... You can't think about giving up on now because you're thinking about where you're going."
Corbin continued: "The guys here, you want them to develop good habits and get used to winning. ... That's difficult to do because you get down. It's a long season and losing is not fun. Even if you're having a good run personally, losing is not fun if you are a competitor."
Asked about teams losing on purpose in pursuit of better draft picks, Richard Jefferson shook his head.
"You can ask Boston and San Antonio about that," he said.
Boston finished with a 15-67 record in 1997, partly because of intentional losses late in the season. The Celtics had the best chance to get the coveted No. 1 pick, future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan.
San Antonio instead got lucky. Its 20-62 season was rewarded with the top pick Duncan.
"Boston tanked ... and it didn't work out for them," Jefferson said. "You just don't do that. You don't ever want to put young guys you've invested in into a mindset of losing. You want to win as many games as you can because it's a state of mind."
The Jazz (0-6), Orlando (0-4) and Sacramento (0-2) are the only NBA teams without a road win this season.
Utah has been competitive twice in its six games an 87-84 loss at Phoenix and a 97-87 loss at Boston.
The Jazz's worst road record in the Utah-era of the franchise is 7-34, set in 1979-80 and 1981-82.
"You can't make mistakes on the road," Corbin said. "For us, we have to make sure we give 48 minutes of effort on both ends of the floor and not make mistakes.
Figure out what's working and what isn't."