Jazz power forward Paul Millsap did not practice on Tuesday and has been listed as a game-time decision for tonight’s home game vs. the Atlanta Hawks.
Millsap sprained his left ankle during the first half of Monday’s overtime loss to the Boston Celtics but had his ankle re-taped and played through the injury. He said adrenalin got him through the game but when he woke up the next morning he felt soreness.
“Oh yeah, I definitely felt the severity of it,” he said. “But I kind of knew that when I did it. I knew how it was going to feel the next day. I wasn’t really worried about it.”
If Millsap can’t go tonight, reserve Derrick Favors is likely to get the start.
“He’s a good rebounder, he’s going to be a defensive presence, he’s a great defensive player,” Millsap said of Favors. “But we’ve got a lot of guys who (can) come into the system and help our team win. It’s going to be a team effort like it is any other night.”
Millsap is Utah’s second-leading scorer, averaging 15.1 points, plus 7.3 rebounds per game. Favors is averaging 9.3 points and 6.3 rebounds as a reserve.
After getting rest and treatment during the day, Millsap will return to EnergySolutions Arena in the afternoon, test out the ankle, see how it feels afterward and confer with the Jazz’s medical staff before making a decision.
Millsap had 20 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in a Jan. 11 loss to the Hawks in Atlanta.