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Utah Jazz: Hayward expects to play; Lowe not talking (with video)

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(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) says he expects to be back in the lineup Tuesday against Golden State.

By Steve Luhm

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Feb 19 2013 12:09PM
Updated Feb 20, 2013 12:06AM

Jazz forward Gordon Hayward plans to play Tuesday night, when the Utah Jazz return from the All-Star break and play Golden State at EnergySolutions Arena.

The game starts at 7 p.m. and will be televised on Root Sports.

Hayward, who averages 13.5 points, has missed the last 10 games because of a shoulder injury. He practiced Monday night and participated on this morning’s shootaround.

"I felt good out there," Hayward said. "It felt good to be back on the court. We’ll see how it goes. ... I’m pretty much back to normal."

Officially, the Jazz continue to list Hayward’s availability as a game-time decision, but he said, "I’m back coming in, hopefully, to be able to play. ... It’s been awhile. I’m anxious and ready to go."

Hayward was injured Jan. 26 in the final moments of the Jazz’s 114-110 overtime win over Indiana. The Jazz have gone 6-4 without him.

"We’re excited to get ‘G’ back," Paul Millsap said. "He adds another dimension to our team. He’s got to get back in game shape, but he knows that. And the only way to do that is to get out and play."

Meanwhile, Jazz assistant coach Sidney Lowe attended the shootaround but did not talk to the media about his tax troubles, which surfaced Monday.

Lowe was charged, arrested and briefly jailed in Wake County (N.C.) for willful failure to file state income tax returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Lowe is scheduled to make his first court appearance on March 19.

Lowe came off the court after the shootaround but did not take his usual route to the locker room, which would have taken him past a large gathering reporters and TV cameras.

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