01-28-2013, 05:40 PM
3-time NBA All-Star
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Peking, P.R.C., Asia
Re: 2012-13 regular season!
SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Jazz will likely face the
Houston Rockets — and their Sundance Film Festival star —
without the services of sixth man Gordon Hayward tonight at EnergySolutions
Hayward suffered a grade-one right shoulder sprain in
the final seconds of Saturday's 114-110 overtime win over the Indiana Pacers and
is listed as doubtful for tonight's game.
"It's still pretty sore, unfortunately," Hayward said
after this morning's shootaround.
The third-year pro still has full range of motion in
his shoulder, but it continues to feel stiff. Hayward hasn't a game since his
"I'm just going to try to get treatment and come back
as soon as I can," he said.
While that likely won't be against Houston, the Jazz
host New Orleans on Wednesday and Portland on Friday.
Hayward said his shoulder was popped by Indiana big
man David West as the Jazz shooting guard fought through a "shut-the-gate"
screen set up for All-Star Paul George.
"It was a hard screen. I definitely felt it," he
explained. "I knew something happened right when it got hit, finished off the
play. I needed a sub."
Hayward briefly felt light-headed because of the jolt
of pain that surged through his shoulder.
"They (trainers) said I was getting pale and I needed
to sit down and so I did that," he said. "The pain went down a little bit and it
started to feel better."
Starting power forward Paul Millsap said the Jazz will
need other bench players — like Alec Burks and DeMarre Carroll
— to fill the void left by Hayward.
"G is a big part of what we do — his playmaking skills
and his shooting," Millsap said. "So he'll be missed tonight."
My nickname for him is now official I guess! How could they tell he was pale?
— Point guard Mo Williams said he'll have the pin removed from his surgically repaired right thumb during the All-Star break next month:
"I'm doing good," Williams said. "Just trying to keep my cardio together until I get this pin out and be able to use this fully. I'm just trying to do everything I can, running around, using this left hand as much as I can, developing it a little bit more."
Might have an idea on how much longer Mo will be out soon.