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Old 12-11-2012, 02:45 AM   #36
Xiao Yao You
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Default Re: 2012-13 regular season!

Utah Jazz: Jamaal Tinsley back to backup

Jazz notes Veteran point guard pushes the tempo when running the second unit.

By Bill Oram

Coach Tyrone Corbin has oscillated between backup point guards over several weeks, only saying that he will go with the player who gives the Jazz the best chance to win.
Well, by that metric alone, that answer aligns with Corbin’s choice in the last two games.

Jamaal Tinsley played 15 minutes in the Jazz’s wins against the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers, while Earl Watson’s only appearance in either came late in the 32-point blowout over the Raptors. The two veterans present a quandary for Corbin and a logjam behind Mo Williams.

Tinsley is the Jazz’s oldest player (he turns 35 in February) and is on a nonguaranteed contract, meaning the Jazz technically could waive him to clear up any issue. However, when Corbin has gone away from Tinsley he consistently keeps going back to the slick and savvy vet.

"I just try to make sure we push the tempo," Tinsley said after the Jazz’s 117-110 win in Los Angeles on Sunday, "and try to get a good shot every time and manage the clock. Put the young guys in a situation where they can score the basketball."

During a recent five-game stretch in which Corbin benched Tinsley and played Watson in his place, the Jazz stumbled to a 2-3 mark. In four games started by Tinsley earlier when Williams was out with injuries, the Jazz were 3-1.

That’s not to hang any losses on Watson, who has played admirably in 10 games since returning from April knee surgery. He tallied eight assists in back-to-back games Nov. 28 and 30, which the Jazz split with New Orleans and Oklahoma City.

I been calling it since last training camp. See how Earl handles it this year. One of them needs to go. Nice to know they have some roster flexibility still with Jamal 's and Murphy's(I think) contracts.

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