Jan 7, 2014; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward (20) dunks during the second half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at EnergySolutions Arena. The Jazz won 112-101. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Game 41 Preview: Wolves (19-21) @ Jazz (14-28)

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The first time I heard Charles Mingus “Better Get Hit In Yo’ Soul” was on The Last Time I Committed Suicide Soundtrack. To quote Fox Mulder (in reference to Purple Rain) — “Great soundtrack, seriously flawed movie.”

Anyway, the Utah Jazz just lost to the Wolves at Target Center on Sunday. They shot 28.8 percent from the field and lost 98-72. They may get their leading scorer (17.1 point per game) Gordon Hayward back from a hip pointer that has forced him out of the last five games.

Jazz likely starting lineup:

PG Trey Burke

SG Alec Burks

SF Richard Jefferson

PF Marvin Williams

C Derrick Favors

Enes Kanter has disappointed this season — an understatement, as the whole point of letting Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap leave Utah was to hand their front court over to their youth movement of Kanter and Derrick Favors — averaging just 11 points and 6 rebounds in 25 minutes a night, Kanter has shown signs of life in January — witness 25 points on 12-15 shooting against San Antonio last Wednesday or the follow-up 18 points and 7 rebounds in a win at Detroit two days later.

Favors hasn’t exploded the way his projected stats implicated he would this season — 13 points, 9 rebounds, a block and a steal in over 31 minutes per game on the season. He’s faring better than Kanter, but what really boggles is the starting lineup Ty Corbin threw out against the Wolves last go around — Marvin Williams at power forward and Kanter off the bench.

Wolves likely starting lineup:

PG Ricky Rubio

SG Kevin Martin

SF Corey Brewer

PF Kevin Love

C Nikola Pekovic

It’s possible Corbin thinks Marvin better capable of chasing Kevin Love out to the three-point line and challenging shots. It’s also possible Corbin sees how robotic Kanter moves on offense — regardless, the front line should be a Minnesota advantage again tonight in Salt Lake City.

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