03-01-2013, 08:33 PM
5-time NBA All-Star
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Peking, P.R.C., Asia
Re: Raja Bell and Utah Jazz have buyout issues
Al Jefferson is doubtful with a sprained left ankle, Paul Millsap is a
game-time decision with the same injury and DeMarre Carroll will also be a
game-time decision with a bone bruise and patellar tendinitis in his left
The Jazz host the Bobcats on Friday at 7 p.m. at EnergySolutions Arena.
Meanwhile on Thursday, both Millsap and Randy Foye were away from the team
for the births of daughters. Foye and his wife had their third daughter, Pilar,
while Millsap and his girlfriend became parents to Paular (pronounced the same
as Foye's daughter, "puh-LAHR").
Same birthday and nearly the same name.
"It's cool," Foye said. "We didn't actually know that they were going in on
the same day to be induced until probably three, four days ago. We joked about
that. I've never heard about that before I think that's probably once in a
So shorthanded, though, were the Jazz at Thursday's
practice, that 6-foot-8 Gordon Hayward slid over to play center, defending Enes
"He did pretty well," said Kanter, who will likely get his second career
start against the Bobcats. "He's pretty strong."
Hayward was sheepish about his role, although Mo Williams said the backup
swingman drew a travel against Kanter.
"I was mainly just a screener," Hayward said. said. "They needed me for
defense, blocking shots, that sort of stuff."
Can definitely see G playing some stretch 4 as he matures physically
Millsap has already missed one game with the injury, Wednesday's loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Derrick Favors started in his place, finishing with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
After missing only 14 games due to injury in his career, Millsap said his status for Friday would depend on whether his lateral movement improves. He said he was able Friday to run in straight lines and get some shots up.
If both Jefferson and Millsap sit against the Bobcats, it would likely mean the first time Kanter and Favors, third overall picks in back-to-back drafts, start a game together.
Bobcats will be a good test run for the kids. Hopefully have an open roster space in the next few hours to bring in reinforcements too.