Memphis, Tenn. • Alec Burks said early Monday that his lack of playing time this season has been "disappointing," but that he was just trying to be prepared for when he was called into action.
After playing just 2:16 in the Jazz's first three games, the former lottery pick entered the game in Memphis with 51 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The substitution backed up coach Tyrone Corbin's insistence that it was a priority to get Burks quality minutes.
"He deserves to play, bottom line," Corbin said. "He deserves to play against anybody. Have to find ways to get him on the floor."
Last season as a rookie, Burks averaged 16 minutes and 7 points per game.
Forward Jeremy Evans, who, like Burks, had played only garbage minutes in the opening-night win against Dallas, started the second quarter for the Jazz and played six minutes before being replaced by Mo Williams.
Millsap for 3
Paul Millsap's uncannily hot outside shooting finally hit its first hiccup, but not before the power forward made two more 3-pointers.
Millsap made his first five 3-pointers to start the season, before missing early in the third quarter against the Grizzlies.
Last season Millsap was 7-of-31 in the lockout-shortened year.
He made his first three attempts to start this season, including a timely make late against the Hornets on Friday, a game the Jazz ultimately lost. Then, against the Grizzlies, Millsap made two more. With 2:03 left in the second quarter Monday remained perfect with a 25-footer, then, early in the third quarter, he made one from the corner that beat the shot clock and put the Jazz up 55-51.
"He has expanded his game over the last couple of years to be able to make those shots in a timely fashion," Corbin said. "When he steps right into them it's a good-looking shot for him. There will be times that we'll use it."
Millsap has come a long way since three seasons ago, when he was just 1-of-9 from behind the arc, and before that when any 3-point attempt was out of desperation, rather than a function of the offense.
"I've been working on it a lot," Millsap said. "I feel more comfortable out there. I've got the confidence, coach has got confidence in me to step out and shoot."