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- Jazz rookie Trey Burke was re-evaluated earlier today, and the news was positive for Utah and the young point guard. Burke was cleared to start light basketball activities, such as (very) light dribbling and passing, though he remains without a specific timetable for joining the lineup. “We’ll see how he does once he gets out and gets some workouts in,” Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. “It’s going to be a day-to-day thing. Once he gets through a workout and feels ok, then we’ll progress to the next thing as long as he’s not too sore. We’re going to have to wait a few days to see how he is.”
- After coming off the bench for the past five games, John Lucas III will start at point guard for Utah tonight. Lucas adds more quickness and speed than Jamaal Tinsley, who will come off the bench.
- Jazz forwards Marvin Williams and Brandon Rush, who both saw limited playing time on the team’s east coast road trip, are heading in different directions for now. Williams (heel surgery) will continue to see limited minutes, while Rush (torn ACL) will be held out for the next little while. “Brandon isn’t ready yet, he’s just not feeling comfortable,” Corbin said. “We’ll get him a little more practice time and treatment, and see where we go from there.”
- The Jazz, who are off to an 0-7 start, just returned home from a four-game road trip and are glad to be home. That said, the team doesn’t have any room to relax in the friendly confines of EnergySolutions Arena. “We understand that we need to win—we need to win really bad,” Corbin said. “It’s not going to just happen for us being home, we’ve got to execute. … We’re still working. I thought we had a great, focused workout this morning at shootaround and we’ll see what we get on the floor tonight.”
- J.J. Hickson will start at center for Denver with JaVale McGee out indefinitely with a stress fracture in his left leg. Despite standing at just 6-foot-9, Hickson isn’t a stranger to the center position—he started 71 games at that spot for the Blazers last season.
- Wilson Chandler, who was expected to make his season debut for the Nuggets tonight, will once again be held out due to a lingering hamstring injury. “His status has been decided for him,” Denver coach Brian Shaw said. “He may dress and sit on the bench, but I’ve been instructed not to use him tonight. We need to see him get up and down a little more, so he’ll have another day and will hopefully be back on Wednesday.”
– Matt Payne