Sloan could 'settle down' wing rotation

Published January 12, 2010 5:10 pm
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Jazz coach Jerry Sloan suggested after Monday's game he was considering committing to a more defined rotation among his wing players, saying, "We'll probably have to settle down and see what happens, see what amount of time we play guys."

That could be to the benefit of Andrei Kirilenko and Wesley Matthews , both of whom Sloan singled out for praise after the win over Miami.

Kirilenko started in place of the ill C.J. Miles and had 15 points on 7-for-12 shooting while Matthews scored 18 points -- one shy of his season-high -- off the bench, hitting three three-pointers and drawing a three-shot foul on Dwyane Wade to end the third quarter.

Sloan said of Kirilenko: "We've got to get him more time because he's a guy that can make plays and pass the ball to somebody for an easy basket."

He added of Matthews: "He runs the floor defensively like he's not being mistreated if we get on him. Those things are important. If you want to enhance your career, those things are how you do it. You don't come out and say, 'I've got to get 20 shots.'"

Sticking with starters

Sloan opted to keep Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer in the game Monday even as the Jazz came out of a timeout with 5:49 to play holding a 31-point lead. Miami opted not to bring back Wade during the fourth quarter of the blowout.

"Knowing that they had the ability to do what they did, they made a few three-point shots coming down the stretch," Sloan said. "You're always reluctant -- until you feel like you've got the game won -- to start substituting.

"People start hollering for it with seven or eight minutes to go. It takes about three threes to change your whole complexion of the game.

"If you've ever lost a game like that, which I have in coaching ... I've lost a game where I took them out too soon. Guys come back in, they're a little bit cold. You thought the game was over. It's always been my deal to try to win the game first and then go from there."

Williams nevertheless joked that he told Sloan, "Don't be afraid to come get me," while Boozer said Wade asked him: "How many points are you trying to get tonight?"


An ESPN.com report Tuesday said Detroit would like to acquire Boozer in a trade but the Jazz are unwilling to take back Richard Hamilton or Tayshaun Prince , both of whom have years remaining on their contracts. The report also said the Jazz were exploring trades involving Kirilenko "with all their might." ... Miles posted a message on Twitter that the swelling in his throat had eased and his head had stopped pounding.

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