After some sluggish starts recently, including Saturday night’s loss to the Clippers when they fell behind by 11 midway through the first quarter, the Jazz decided enough was enough.
A change in the starting lineup was in order, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin determined.
So Earl Watson was given his first start of the season at point guard in place of Jamaal Tinsley, despite Watson only scoring eight points on 3-of-13 shooting in his previous three games.
"Hopefully, with Earl in there, he should give us more pace pushing the ball down the floor," Corbin said before the game. "We've got to find a way to get some easy baskets with that first group. Hopefully, this will be a way to get it."
Watson provided some early energy for the Jazz, who jumped out to an early four-point lead and played the Celtics pretty even in the early going. However on the night, Watson played just 21 minutes, scoring two points and finishing with two assists and four turnovers.
Earl Watson starts, Alec Burks finishes at point guard in loss to Boston
The Deseret News | Feb 26