Gordon Hayward Takes Benching in Stride
Gordon Hayward entered Monday as the only Jazz player to have started all 36 games this season. But when the jump ball was tossed up against the Cavaliers, the Utah forward was stuck on the bench.
His reserve role occurred because Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin made his biggest in-season lineup change since taking over for Jerry Sloan.
Going all-in for a second-half playoff push, Corbin sent Hayward to the second unit and started the game with Devin Harris, Raja Bell, Josh Howard, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson.
“I didn’t take it as anything but [Corbin] is trying to help the team win,” Hayward said. “That’s what we need is wins, so that’s what I’m focused on.”