Jamaal Tinsley usually has a pre-game exercise routine, but he was told "not to do a lot" before Saturday night's game with Phoenix. It turned out that starting point guard Mo Williams was a late scratch because of a strained muscle in his thigh, putting Tinsley in the starting point guard spot.

As it turned out, Tinsley did a lot in the 94-81 victory as he dished out 14 assists — his best total in five seasons — and directed a Jazz offense that got the ball into the big men better than in any previous game.

"I thought he was great,'' said Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin. "It's difficult and people don't understand how when somebody goes down and you actually start and play the minutes... he got us into the stuff we needed to get into.''

Tinsley, a nine-year NBA veteran, said it wasn't a big deal to suddenly be on the floor 41 minutes instead of the 10 or 15 that he's usually plays with the Jazz.

"I'm used to it,'' he said. "Whatever they need from me I try to go out and do my best and play hard. I try to stay ready and control what you can control.''