When Paul Millsap was benched for the entire fourth quarter of a game in late December, he was asked whether the coaching decision upset him.

"What you think?" he responded. "I’ll let you answer that."

But after being benched for the final 14:47 of the Utah Jazz’s 100-93 loss at Houston on Wednesday, Millsap found himself faced with the same question at Thursday morning’s practice.

"It’s tough for me not to play at all, period," he said. "I want to be on the court at all times."

Starting point guard Mo Williams, who also did not play in the fourth quarter, said he was "absolutely" fine with the move.

Millsap, in the final season of a four-year contract with the Jazz, was left on the bench as Derrick Favors closed the game. Favors’ numbers - 5 points, 3 rebounds in 3 blocks in 22 minutes - paled when compared to Millsap’s 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in 25 minutes. However, the burgeoning backup was part of a resurgent unit that cut a 26-point deficit to 5. Favors was part of a group that also included Al Jefferson, Gordon Hayward, Alec Burks and Marvin Williams that coach Tyrone Corbin praised for a defense that, while it made mistakes, "it wasn’t as many times as the group before."