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Utah Jazz: Ian Clark appreciates any time he can get

First Published Jan 20 2014 02:51 pm • Last Updated Jan 20 2014 11:17 pm

Jazz rookie Ian Clark has played 21 minutes in the last two games.

He’ll take it.

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Clark had played only once since Nov. 18 before getting on the floor during Utah’s 110-89 win at Detroit on Friday and its 98-72 loss to Minnesota on Saturday.

Signed last summer as a free agent, Clark had the most active weekend of his brief NBA career.

He’s played a total of 91 minutes this season — mostly during November when starters Trey Burke and Marvin Williams were sidelined by injuries.

"Every minute counts," he said. "Every opportunity counts. That’s how I look at it. Every time you’re out there, you have to capitalize on it."

Clark scored seven points in six minutes against Detroit and added four in 15 minutes against Minnesota. The 6-foot-3 guard from Belmont got into the games because of their lopsided nature, but Clark isn’t apologizing for the circumstances.

"You want to be able to help your team in any way," he said. "Whatever the team needs me to do, I’m making sure I stay ready. I want to do well every time I get on the court."

Clark, along with fellow rookie Rudy Gobert, has made two quick trips to the NBA Development League this season. He averaged 12.4 points and 5.3 assists in eight games with the Bakersfield Jam.

According to Clark, his time in the D-League has been beneficial.


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"Just playing helps," he said. "You get a feel for the speed of the game. The fundamentals. Making the right play. It’s all about being out there and getting the reps. ... I think I’m heading down the right path."

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin agrees: "He works hard, man. He understands how to execute an offense ... and can really score ­— really shoot the ball. It’s just getting used to the size and speed of the guys in this league. He’ll be fine."

Shot at redemption

The Jazz didn’t have to wait long for a chance to rebound from one of their worst performances of the season.

They host Minnesota on Tuesday night, only 72 hours after being crushed by the Timberwolves.

"It’s good to get a chance to redeem yourself," Corbin said. "But you have to understand what you didn’t do well in the game you lost."

One reason: Minnesota center Nikola Pekovic scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

"He was really good," Corbin said. "He was big inside — beastly. ... They played well and we didn’t play well at all."

Hayward rooting for Manning, Broncos

The Jazz’s Gordon Hayward grew up in Brownsburg, Ind., and remains a diehard fan of the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts.

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