SALT LAKE CITY -- Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said he was happy with the way Alec Burks played point guard Monday night, but not enough to make it a permanent move.
Beat up and down three key players, the Jazz survived a challenge for the struggling Sacramento Kings. They eventually won in overtime thanks in part to the play of Burks, 21, a natural shooting guard who was asked to run the offense.
"He did a great job," Corbin said. "He's a guy who can make plays for us. It's putting him at a little bit of a disadvantage playing point guard but with he and Randy (Foye) on the floor together they're able to split the duties a little bit."
Starting point guard Jamaal Tinsley finished with no points and five assists in 21 minutes of work.
With Mo Williams (thumb surgery) and Earl Watson (right leg bone bruise/stress fracture) out of action, Foye and Burks stepped in to play extended minutes, especially in the fourth quarter and overtime.
Burks finished with 14 points and four assists on 5-for-7 shooting. Foye, Utah's starting two-guard, scored a team-high 20 points on 6-for-12 shooting.
He also hit three 3-pointers.
With Foye and Burks in the backcourt together, the key function is extra flexibility.
"The way this game is now, there's really not many point guards," Foye said. "(Not) like John Stockton (used to be). You've got (the Clippers') Chris (Paul) and guys like that but point guards are trying to score nowadays. I think the thing with Alec is, can play the point but if he's out there with me or anybody else and there's too much pressure, we can put ourselves in (the play)."
Williams, Watson and swingman Gordon Hayward (right shoulder sprain) continue to nurse their injuries and the Jazz continue to push through a stretch of home games.
Monday's win was their ninth home victory in their last 10 games at EnergySolutions Arena.
The Jazz (27-22) will play host to the Milwaukee Bucks (25-21 going into Tuesday's game at Denver).
Corbin said he's inclined to start Tinsley and let Burks and Foye provided backup minutes at the point in addition to their duties at the two-guard spot.
"It's not (Burks') position, so I think we'll let him (observe) a little bit," Cobrin said. "We never know what will happen but I think right now, to get him comfortable, to see what's going on, to understand defensively how he has to play different guys ... we'll let him (watch) a little bit before we get him in the game."
Corbin said he has concerns about the point guard position.
"Jamaal is the last man standing there that's a true point," he said. "Mo and Earl (are) out. Having to ask Alec to play a position that's not his nature position for an extended amount of time ... it is a concern because we lack the speed we need to get it up the floor on a consistent basis."
Watson is considered day-to-day but at 33, it make take him extra time to bounce back, especially with the small stress fracture in his leg.
Williams is still a few weeks away from being able to resume basketball activities. He has been working on his physical fitness since having surgery just before Christmas, but he won't be able to step back in right away.
So for the time being the Jazz are left to run their offense through Tinsley, Burks and Foye.
"We'll continue to work as a committee," Corbin said. "Guys understand they're going to have to step up."