Gordon Hayward, Jeremy Evans and Derrick Favors worked all season for the time that they received Monday. The Jazz rookies all played full 12-minute quarters during the final period of regulation in Utah's 100-95 overtime home loss to Washington. Hayward and Favors went on to record all five minutes in OT, while Evans earned 1:55. The 2010 NBA draft picks clocked a total of 82:26, at times playing better than their starting counterparts and leading the Jazz to a temporary two-point lead late in the fourth-quarter after trailing by 10 at the start of the period. "We were all just out there competing, trying to bring energy, playing hard," said Hayward, who scored 12 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out four assists. "I think that's what we do. That's the mentality that I have, and Jeremy and Derrick as well. We're out there just playing hard and trying to make things happen." Hayward never realized that he was staying on the court as Utah coach Tyrone Corbin went young during an attempt to wake up a struggling team that has now lost six consecutive games. Hayward just did what he always does: play. "You start thinking about minutes and that type of stuff, it hurts the team," said Hayward, who reached the 37-minute mark for the fourth time this season. "Whether I'm out there or not, I'm ready and I'm going to try to do my best." Manning up Favors had his best overall statistical game as a member of the Jazz during the loss to the Wizards. The 19-year-old rookie power forward accumulated 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting, 10 rebounds and three blocks in 23:04, while only recording two fouls. His arc slightly dipped downward during OT, as he was held scoreless on just one field goal attempt. But the No. 3 overall pick of the 2010 draft shined during the fourth quarter, nailing all four of his shots from the floor while grabbing four rebounds, at times becoming the most explosive player on the court.
Jazz rookies run with starters' minutes
Salt Lake Tribune | Mar 30