Marvin Williams dressed but did not play in Utah's 95-83 win over the New Orleans Hornets, a move that paid dividends for the Jazz and, likely, Williams.
The small forward had struggled with tendinitis in his right heel for several games, coach Tyrone Corbin said, and the game against one of the worst teams in the NBA allowed the Jazz an opportunity to rest Williams. However, it may have done something even more key: It freed up 26 minutes for DeMarre Carroll, whose spirited play in the second quarter carried the Jazz to their sixth win in seven games.
"It was a chance to rest him," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "His heel's been bothering him the last few ballgames and I told him earlier today, 'If we get an opportunity to give you a day, a couple of days to give you some rest to get better, it's the best thing to do for us.' ... DeMarre did a good job."
Carroll finished with 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals in 26 minutes. He, and the rarely-seen lineup that started the second quarter, are the focus of the story from the game in the Saturday morning Tribune.
"Offense, that's just a plus with me," Carroll said. "I'm out there to give energy, do the little things, be the Junkyard Dog."