first_imgPeople are getting fixated on the starting lineup, which is natural. It’s a very visible statement. But coaches aren’t as concerned about it. Different guys are going to finish the game, depending on who’s playing well. We don’t stop and announce ‘these three guys are going to finish the game.’ – Quin SnyderMILWAUKEE — For the past couple of weeks, Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder has been questioned about his starting lineup, whether Enes Kanter or Rudy Gobert should start at one of the inside positions.At least for tonight, Snyder won’t have to decide between the two as both should start against Milwaukee (6 p.m. MT) with Derrick Favors not being with the team for “personal reasons.’’ The Jazz haven’t announced who will start tonight, but Gobert is expected to, as he started the three games Favors missed earlier this year with a sprained ankle.Favors played Wednesday night against Cleveland and seemed fine after the game, but Jazz officials wouldn’t give any details on why he won’t play tonight, except to say he was not in Milwaukee.While some have wondered why the Jazz haven’t started Gobert, who has played very well over the past month, Snyder has said he was sticking with Kanter. He was vindicated Wednesday night when Kanter had one of his best games of the year, scoring a team-high 24 points and grabbing a season-high 17 rebounds.“People are getting fixated on the starting lineup, which is natural,’’ Snyder said. “It’s a very visible statement. But coaches aren’t as concerned about it. Different guys are going to finish the game, depending on who’s playing well. We don’t stop and announce ‘these three guys are going to finish the game.’ “Snyder says starting lineups can fluctuate for various reasons like when injuries force changes or when a player is playing well and starts the second half like Gobert did at San Antonio Sunday night. Snyder also said European teams juggle their starting lineups all the time. But he prefers not to.“It’s not something I like to play around with all the time, because I think players need continuity,’’ he said.Snyder also praised Kanter even before his big game Wednesday.“Look at Enes’ numbers, and the contributions he’s made to our team — he’s been terrific,’’ Snyder said. “Enes is a big part of what we do. He had a poor game the other night and he knows that. Whether he comes off the bench or starts we need him to play good.”As for Kanter, he has said he prefers to start but will do whatever to make his team better. He was unimpressed with his most recent performance because his team didn’t win.“We lost the game so I don’t worry about how many I score or how many I have,’’ he said. “If I score 100 points it doesn’t matter because we lost the game. So I don’t really worry about my scoring or whatever.’’Kanter said his ankle is much better, although he’s not quite 100 percent yet. With Favors out, Gobert and Booker will see more minutes as will Jeremy Evans and perhaps Steve Novak. Jazz usher Wally Price will be well-remembered by the franchise Utah Jazz struggle offensively in decisive loss to hot Cleveland Cavaliers Related Utah Jazz analysis: Utah struggles on both ends of the court in loss to Clevelandlast_img