Turns out Raja Bell's move to the bench in Monday night's game was not based solely on the usual starting shooting guard's toe injury. Coach Tyrone Corbin thought the struggling-out-of-the-gate Utah Jazz needed to mix things up, so he started C.J. Miles in Bell's place. The handling of that change — one that seems likely to stick for a bit even though Corbin did not officially confirm that at Tuesday's practice — didn't sit all that well with Utah's newest bench player. Whether or not that scenario repeats itself tonight, however, remains unresolved for now. "We'll see," Corbin said when asked if Miles would remain a starter. "We've got so many guys in and out of the lineup right now. We're just trying to find minutes for the different guys." An injury situation initially sparked Monday's lineup alteration, although it wasn't the only factor. After inserting Miles into the starting shooting guard position during morning shootaround due to Bell's inability to participate because of a sprained pinkie toe, Corbin opted to keep that lineup change even after the usual starter became available for action. With newbie Derrick Favors also filling in for injured Paul Millsap at the starting power forward spot instead of rookie Jeremy Evans, the Jazz got off to one of their best starts — defensively and offensively — in quite some time en route to their 112-107 win over Philadelphia.
Injured toe not only factor in Raja Bell's benching
The Deseret News | Mar 16