Jefferson, Bell out for Jazz; Howard to start

Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson and guard Raja Bell are sitting

out against the Portland Trail Blazers because of injury.

Small forward Josh Howard, acquired as free agent after the NBA

lockout ended, was set to make his first start Monday night for the

Jazz.

Gordon Hayward moves from small forward to shooting guard in

place of Bell, and second-year pro Derrick Favors starts in place

of Jefferson. It is Favors’ fifth start this season.

Jefferson, bothered by inflammation in his right ankle, leads

the Jazz in scoring at 17.9 points per game and is second in

rebounding with a 9.0 average.

Bell had started every game this season but strained his right

adductor Saturday against Sacramento. He is averaging 5.9 points

and 1.4 rebounds a game.

Howard has averaged 8.9 points and 2.9 rebounds off the

bench.