Gordon Hayward Back into Starting Role?
Facing the reality of the Jazz (34-32) being knocked completely out of the postseason chase, Corbin tweaked his starting lineup for the second time in 10 days, moving Gordon Hayward from the bench into DeMarre Carroll’s starting spot.
The Jazz swingman made two 3-pointers in the final 3 minutes, including one with 17.3 seconds remaining to knock the Grizzlies down for good.
Hayward finished with a team-high 17 points and eight rebounds, while playing 38 minutes in front 17,122, the smallest crowd of the season at EnergySolutions Arena.
But as good as it was for Hayward, who made his first start since Nov. 16, it was even better for the Utah Jazz. They moved within half a game of the Los Angeles Lakers for eighth in the Western Conference.
“We know we can do this,” Hayward said. “We’ve done it against the best teams in the league at home. It’s when we go on the road; that’s where we’ve got to pick it up and play like this.”