Jazz bench is playing well in late November
Deseret News reports:
The Jazz's second unit is reaching stardom status, and I'm hearing from all sorts of fans who only half-jokingly say they can't wait until the lineup of Earl Watson, Ronnie Price, C.J. Miles, Francisco Elson and Kyrylo Fesenko get into the game.
Jazz coach Jerry Sloan put a slight wrinkle on that cavalry crew against the Lakers. He temporarily freed Gordon Hayward from the end of the bench, allowing the lottery pick and preseason Laker Killer (remember that 26-point exhibition explosion?) to play with the bigs and smalls.
That lineup didn't produce much, so Sloan then brought Al Jefferson in for Fesenko. Miles and Paul Millsap soon replaced Hayward and Elson. That player pairing (Watson, Price, Miles, Millsap and Big Al) had a couple of strong minutes together, trimming a 15-point lead down to a manageable seven-point deficit.
Williams replaced Price, but Watson played the entire 12 minutes in the second quarter. During that time, he scored eight points - a season-high for a quarter and a game.