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News » Injuries continue to limit Sloan's options

Injuries continue to limit Sloan's options

Injuries continue to limit Sloan's options When it comes to handing out minutes, an NBA coach's job becomes much easier when injuries limit the number of players available for a game.

The Jazz dressed nine players for Monday night's 120-93 win over Memphis, including only four guards: Deron Williams, Wesley Matthews, Ronnie Brewer and Eric Maynor.

Because coach Jerry Sloan didn't have many options, they all got plenty of playing time.

Brewer played 42 minutes, Williams played 39, Matthews tied his season-high with 38 and Maynor played 25 minutes.

Knowing they were going to get extended minutes might have helped, too. Those four combined for 74 points, 10 rebounds and 17 assists.

They made 30 of their 50 field-goal attempts, despite Williams' 1-for-5 start in the first quarter and Maynor's 2-for-6 finish in the fourth quarter.

"I think there is a certain confidence in that situation," Sloan said. "You see a lot of teams and wonder how they can possibly win when they are shorthanded. But guys have to rely on each other."

Has Sloan been concerned about the Jazz's manpower situation, given they have dressed only nine players in seven of their last nine games?

"I've never worried too much about it, unless you have too many fouls," he said. "Unless you get yourself in foul trouble, you can still compete. ...

"If you come and compete and do what you're supposed to do, I think you always have a chance to win."

The Jazz's injury situation is expected to improve soon.

Andrei Kirilenko (back) hopes to play Friday against Indiana. So does C.J. Miles, who has been out all season after thumb surgery.

Along with Kyle Korver (knee) and Ronnie Price (tie), Kirilenko and Miles missed the Jazz's win over the Grizzlies.


Briefly : Heading into its game against the Pacers, Utah is 5-2 against Eastern Conference opponents. ... The Jazz are 10-1 when the opponent scores less than 100 points. Utah is 6-1 when it shoots at least 50 percent. ... Williams needs 164 assists for 3,000 in his career. At his current pace, he would reach the milestone on Jan. 4 against his Olympic teammate Chris Paul and the New Orleans Hornets.

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