After the Jazz beat Houston on Monday, Jazz coach Jerry Sloan was rather frustrated by a team that played too softly and complained to the referees a bit too much.
After they beat Denver on Wednesday, swingman Andrei Kirilenko was the one at wit's end.
Kirilenko is flustered by his offensive production or lack thereof.
He started 0-of-7 and finished just 5-of-13 from the field in Utah's 104-83 win over Denver. That came on the heels of a 1-for-3 night against Houston, and a 1-of-6 showing two games prior to that at Minnesota.
Part of the problem, Kirilenko suggested, is his place in the Jazz offense.
He recently made the move from forward to shooting guard in the Jazz's revamped opening lineup, which included the insertion of Carlos Boozer at center and Matt Harpring at Kirilenko's old small-forward spot.
"(I) was kind of frustrated because I feel like, for the third game, I didn't have the ball . . . And I get a little tired of it," Kirilenko said. "I want to shoot the ball sometimes. Just sometimes."
Kirilenko did concede that "in the second half, I got a couple plays so I had a chance to shoot the ball, or, create and pass."
He went further, suggesting Sloan should help.
"I think he should see that, for the third game, one of his top players is struggling offensively," said Kirilenko, who responded to the suggestion of communication problems with Sloan.
"Definitely but he's the coach. If he has those kinds of strategies, leave it to him. We won the game."
Sloan acknowledged Kirilenko had to reason to be frustrated Wednesday, especially during an opening half in which he shot 0-for-4.
"His thing," Sloan said, "is to try to get him postups; our guys weren't able to get him the basketball."(But) Andrei . . . got himself going and made some great plays on the offense end of the floor. I think he kind of created the idea of passing the basketball a little bit more. Once that happened, everything else started falling into place."
PALACIO OUT: Jazz reserve guard Milt Palacio did not play Wednesday due to inflammation in his left knee, marking the first time this season he has missed a game due to injury.
An MRI performed after the game proved negative, and Palacio remains out day-to-day.Palacio did not play in six other games this season, but those all in the past month were by coach's decision after Sloan opted to shorted his bench for a playoff push.
OKUR STILL STANDING: Palacio's absence Wednesday leaves big man Mehmet Okur and Devin Brown as the only Jazz players who have not missed a game this season because of injury.
Brown, though, did not appear in one because of coach's decision.Okur, though, has played in all 78 this season. He, in fact, has not missed a game at all since joining the Jazz as a free agent prior to the start of last season.
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