Although he was cleared to go through shootaround Monday morning, Jazz forward Marvin Williams will not play against the Clippers at EnergySolutions Arena.
Williams suffered a concussion during Utah’s Nov. 28 victory at New Orleans. After missing games at Oklahoma City and Houston, the 26-year-old hoped to play against the Clippers but ultimately was held out by team medical personnel.
Jazz power forward Derrick Favors also we held out of the game. The 21-year-old has missed two consecutive games with a right foot injury. He underwent an MRI Monday, which revealed a case of plantar fasciitis.
DeMarre Carroll will start for Williams at small forward. Favors, a reserve, likely will have his minutes picked up by Enes Kanter and Jeremy Evans.
Williams met with reporters Monday morning and said he the intense headaches he had been experiencing had lessened but admitted he still did not feel “normal.” He said he had gone through a series of protocol tests Sunday and again prior to shootaround but still would need one more evaluation before the game.
He continued to experience symptoms and, in keeping with NBA concussion guidelines, was held out of the game.
Both Williams and Favors are considered day-to-day. The Jazz next play Wednesday night at home against Orlando.