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Published November 24, 2013 11:26 pm
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Oklahoma City • Jazz coach Ty Corbin has hinted the past couple of days about a possible change to his starting lineup, saying specifically that the team looked better offensively against Dallas with the lineup of Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, Richard Jefferson, Marvin Williams and Derrick Favors.The Jazz boss, however, didn't want to show his hand Sunday morning after the team's shootaround at Chesapeake Energy Arena."We'll see," he said. "We'll see when we get to the game tonight."Could this be Burke's first NBA start?Will Enes Kanter be moved to the bench?• Burke, the rookie point guard, and forward Jeremy Evans, both have minute restrictions placed on them as they return from injuries, but Corbin said both have been cleared for longer shifts tonight.• The Jazz played the Thunder in the preseason and then again on opening night, when Utah pushed one of the league's best to the brink. But tonight will be the first time Utah gets to see Russell Westbrook this year.After undergoing surgery before the season started, Westbrook is back and scoring 21.6 a night, alongside Kevin Durant's 29.5"He's worked his way back into shape really quickly for them," Corbin said. "They feed off he and Durant. Those are the two guys that drive this engine. … It's a two-headed animal that's very difficult to deal with."Tipoff • 5 p.m. MT.TV • ROOT SportsRadio • 97.5 FM, 960 AM, 1280 AMUtah's starters:PG — John Lucas III, 5.9 ppg, 1.8 apgSG — Gordon Hayward, 17.8 ppg, 5.6 rpgSF — Richard Jefferson, 10.2 ppg, 2.9 rpgPF — Derrick Favors, 13.6 ppg, 10.2 rpgC — Enes Kanter, 14.1 ppg, 7.3 rpgOklahoma City's probable starters:PG — Russell Westbrook 21.6 ppg, 5.1 apgSG — Thabo Sefolosha, 7.3 ppg, 4.6 rpgSF — Kevin Durant, 29.5 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 5.5 apgPF — Serge Ibaka, 14.3 ppg, 10 rpgC — Kendrick Perkins, 3.1 ppg, 4.1 rpgOn the Jazz: With the Milwaukee Bucks stumbling again last night, the Jazz are no longer the worst ranked offense in the league. But the 29th team in points per possession is still dead last in defense. … Leading scorer Gordon Hayward says his bruised right knee cap is feeling better.On the Thunder: Kevin Durant is currently the league's leading scorer. … Only Houston, a victim of the Hack-a-Howard strategy, takes more free throws a game. OKC averages 29.7 a night. … OKC is the league's second best rebounding team (47.5 rpg).The spread: OKC -14, according to Bovada.lv.HOT: Jazz forward Jeremy Evans has hit his first 11 shots since returning from a rotator cuff injury that caused him to miss the first 12 games of the year.NOT: The Jazz's offensive rating with Favors and Kanter on the floor is just 88.8, and Ty Corbin says the duo isn't "flowing" as well as he thought it would.— Aaron Falk




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