Utah Jazz notes: Kanter-Favors combo isn't producing enough for Corbin
Oklahoma City • After losing 13 times in 14 games, Ty Corbin may be looking to shake up his starting five.
"Everything's open right now," the Utah Jazz coach said Saturday.
The Jazz were atrocious to start Friday's game in Dallas, falling behind by 28 points against the Mavericks before mounting a comeback in the second half. A day later, Corbin said he liked what he saw from Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, Richard Jefferson, Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors, the unit that started the second half for Utah.
"We seemed to flow better with that group," he said.
That could mean a change to center Enes Kanter's role, as Corbin acknowledged that the combination of Kanter and Favors has not produced offensively as he thought it would.
"It's not flowing as well as I thought it would," he said, "and because of being short-handed we've stuck with it. â¦ Maybe we split the two guys and we're able to go at guys more."
Kanter and Favors have played just over 300 minutes on the floor this year, the team averaging just 88.8 points per 100 possessions in that time.
"It's some of everything," Corbin said. "Some spacing. They're keeping the other big down more, so they're closing on them. We're not getting to the right spots."
If a change is made, both Favors and Kanter would still see heavy minutes. Development, Corbin said, remains a priority for this season.
"That's one of our major focuses and why we are where we are," he said, "for those guys to play and develop. But you want to try and have a chance to win as much as you can while you're in that process."
Forward Jeremy Evans remains perfect from the floor, now 11 for 11 on the year after hitting all seven of his attempts Friday.
"We should just let him shoot all the shots and we'll be all right," Hayward joked.
Evans, the former Slam Dunk champ, said players have taken notice of his outside game this year.
"[Golden State's] David Lee was, like, 'When did you start knocking down jumpers?' " Evans said.
Hayward, coming off a 1-for-17 shooting performance on Wednesday, didn't take a shot until the end of the first quarter Friday.
"I was just letting the game come to me," he said. "I probably should have still been more aggressive."
Hayward said his bruised right kneecap feels "fine," but little felt better than seeing his first 3 fall in the second half Friday.
"It was just good to see the ball go in," he said.
Don't call it a comeback
The Jazz fought back Friday, cutting a 28-point lead down to five in the fourth quarter, but Jefferson said, "It's one of those things where you can't put too much stock in the comeback. Teams start to relax when they're up by 25."
Jazz at Thunder
O At Chesapeake Energy Arena (Oklahoma City)
Tipoff • Sunday, 5 p.m. MT
TV •Â ROOT Sports
Radio •Â 1280 AM, 960 AM, 97.5 FM
Records •Â Jazz 1-13; Thunder 8-3
About the Jazz • The NBA's worst offensive and defensive team. â¦ Trailed by 28 points in Dallas on Friday night before mounting a comeback to cut the lead to 5. â¦ Leading scorer Gordon Hayward saw his potential game-tying 3-pointer bounce of the rim at the buzzer on opening night against the Thunder.
About the Thunder •Â Kevin Durant is one of the league's best scorers, averaging 29 points a game. â¦ After missing time early in the season (including the first meeting with the Jazz) guard Russell Westbrook is back and averaging better than 20 points a game. â¦ Rookie big man Steven Adams has added some depth for OKC, averaging 5 and 5 off the bench.
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