Corbin juggles starting lineup, Watson to start at PG

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin is juggling his lineup for tonight’s game with the visiting Boston Celtics.

Out: Jamaal Tinsley.

In: Earl Watson.

“Hopefully with Earl in there he should give us some more pace pushing the ball down the floor,” Corbin said. “We’ve got to find a way to get some easy baskets with that (starting) group.”

Corbin made a point to say he appreciated Tinsley’s efforts and even indicated “he’s a little banged up.”

Tinsley said he’s feeling just fine and willing to accept whatever role Corbin asks of him.

“No, I’m not banged up at all,” he said.

Tinsley, 34, said nothing surprises him after more than a decade in the NBA. The move to the bench did not appear to be an issue with him.

That Corbin said Tinsley was “banged up” appears to be a case of a coach trying to protect a veteran player who just lost his starting job vs. poor communication or outright deception.

“He just told me he’s going to try something different, trying to get easy shots,” he said. “Nothing surprises me. I’ve been around a long time. It is what it is.”

Watson, 33, will be making his first start of the season.  He is averaging 2.2 points and 4.4 assists in a little more than 18 minutes a game.

Tinsley has averaged 3.9 points and five assists per game this season. He has made 32 starts, including 28 in a row after starter Mo Williams underwent thumb surgery in December.

Corbin said he will also use second-year player Alec Burks at point guard, although that isn’t his natural position.

The Jazz also have the ability to use versatile guard/forward Gordon Hayward to run the offense as well.

Hayward missed 10 games with a sprained right shoulder but returned last week, after the All-Star break. He has averaged 20 points off the bench in his last two games, a victory over Golden State and a loss at the Clippers.

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Jim Burton has worked for the Standard-Examiner since 1991. He has covered everything from the preps to Utah, BYU, Weber State and the Ogden Raptors. Currently he is the Standard's Utah Jazz beatwriter and its sports columnist.
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