Utah Jazz: Favors, Jazz laugh off Gasol’s shoe foul
By Steve Luhm
The Salt Lake TribuneFirst published Mar 17 2013 02:29PM
Tyrone Corbin has spent the last 28 years playing and coaching in the NBA.
He witnessed an incident Saturday night during the Jazz’s 90-84 win over Memphis that he hasn’t previously seen.
"It was different … different," Corbin said.
With 9:23 left, the Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol scored from the lane, cutting Utah’s lead to 71-67. As he turned, Derrick Favors accidentally stepped on his heel and Gasol lost his shoe.
Gasol angrily motioned at the closest official, perhaps thinking Favors had intentionally flattened his tire.
Play continued, however, and Favors ended up driving to the basket on the ensuing possession. Gasol reached around and whacked him with his shoe. A non-shooting foul was called, and the Jazz inbounded.
"I didn’t know he had his shoe," Favors said. "I thought it was his hand or something."
Favors knew he had stepped on Gasol’s shoe, "but I didn’t do it on purpose. It just kind of happened. … I think he was mad at the refs because he didn’t have his shoe. I don’t know."
Corbin laughed when reminded of the incident prior to Sunday morning’s practice.
"I’ve never seen a shoe foul," he said. "I thought it might be a flagrant, but I guess they didn’t see it that way. He hit him pretty good with his shoe, though."
Earning Corbin’s praise
The Jazz signed Travis Leslie to a 10-day contract on March 10, meaning it will expire Wednesday.
Corbin likes what he’s seen from Leslie, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard who averaged 16.1 points and 7.4 rebounds with Santa Cruz in the D-League before coming to Utah.
"Great worker, good size," Corbin said. "We haven’t gotten a feel for him in a game, whether he is only a ‘2’ or if he can play some ‘3.’ But he’s very good at attacking the rim, and I think he can be a good defender with his body size. He’s showed himself well in practice."
Will the Jazz re-sign Leslie?
"We’ll evaluate it," Corbin said. "I like what I’ve seen."
New ESA streak?
The Jazz try to win consecutive games for the first time since Feb. 13-19 when they play the Knicks on Monday night at EnergySolutions Arena.
Just eight days ago, the Knicks waxed Utah at Madison Square Garden, 113-84.
"We have to make sure we understand who they are," Corbin said. "They play fast. They are going to take a lot of fast shots. They are going to try and push the tempo of the game.
"We have to understand how we need to play against them. If we are going fast, we have to make sure it’s to our advantage. Otherwise, we have to slow down and make them play against our half-court sets."