Re: Training camp/pre-season!
Point guard Mo Williams will sit out the Jazz’s exhibition game Tuesday against the Lakers to rest a strained right adductor muscle.
Williams is listed as probable for Wednesday’s game against his former team, the Clippers, at Staples Center. Jamaal Tinsley will replace Williams in the starting lineup, coach Tyrone Corbin said following Tuesday’s shootaround.
Williams, a 10-year veteran, said he has battled the injury since undergoing hernia surgery in 2008, and that it tends to flare up during training camp each year.
"We want to be careful with it," Williams said, "make sure it don’t become a problem going into the season. I should be ready by tomorrow."
Corbin said he didn’t want Williams to put "himself in jeopardy of missing more games down the road" and that it’s "better to be a little bit more cautious now than take a chance with him."
Tinsley will start with the first unit, creating more opportunities for training camp invitee Chris Quinn and free agent acquisition Randy Foye at point guard. Second-year combo guard Alec Burks has spent some time at the position this preseason, but Corbin said Burks knows the system and that it is more important to get Foye comfortable there.
Through the first three games of the preseason, including Utah’s 99-86 win over the Lakers on Saturday, Corbin stuck with strict rotations. He played his reserves almost exclusively in the second and fourth quarters, while playing the starters in the first and third. He said as the team approaches the halfway point of the preseason he will begin to pare down his rotation, although that is compromised by Williams’ absence Tuesday.
"We want to get a look at a few different rotations in different situations," Corbin said. "Looking at it against different kind of competition on different nights, but we’ll start tightening things up going forward but we’re just getting close to it."