Tom Smart, Deseret News
PLAYA VISTA, Calif. — One day later, Jazz point guard Deron Williams suggested he didn't mind that the Los Angeles Lakers used Ron Artest, Derek Fisher, Shannon Brown and Kobe Bryant on him during Game 1 of their second-round playoff series.
"I play the same way no matter what," he said before practice Monday. "No matter who they draw on me, I'm just gonna try to be aggressive."
There was something, though, that Williams thought sapped his game.
It was not playing for the first five minutes and 42 seconds of the fourth quarter — a span in which, with backup Ronnie Price at the point, it should be noted, Utah went from eight points down to three up.
The Jazz wound up losing 104-99, and Williams — who had 17 of his 24 points in the first half — scored only two in the final period.
"It was great how our second group played — but I wasn't out there for a big stretch, so it kind of took my aggressiveness away when I got back in in the fourth," Williams said. "I've got to do a better job of staying aggressive throughout."
NOT-SO-FRIENDLY CONFINES: Williams considers Sunday an opportunity squandered for the Jazz, who are seeded fifth in a Western Conference that has the Lakers No. 1.
"It would have been great," he said, "to get that first one to give us some confidence and put some doubt in their mind."
It's not lost on the Jazz point, either, that Utah hasn't beaten the Lakers in L.A. since Jan. 1, 2006 — a stretch of 15 straight losses at Staples Center, eight in the regular season and seven in the postseason.
"We don't have home-court advantage," Williams said, "so at some point we're gonna have to win one on the road."
SLIGHT DISPARITY: Immediately after Game 1, Jazz forward Carlos Boozer made a case for needing to get to the free-throw line more often.
"If we can," he said.
Translation, wink, wink: if officials let them.
The Lakers had 27 free-throw attempts Sunday — Utah 21.
Jazz guard Wesley Matthews picked up on the theme Monday.
"We were trying to get to the free-throw line," he said. "We just couldn't get there. Whether there were fouls, there weren't fouls — it just didn't happen."
POOL BOY: Kyle Korver looked forward to some post-practice R&R Monday in the SoCal sunshine — warm rays he got accustomed to growing up in Lakewood, Calif.
"Man, I'm definitely going to eat my lunch by the pool and let the sun just nourish my soul for a little bit," Korver said. "(I'll) walk around the water and get recharged for (tonight)."
And Jazz coach Jerry Sloan? No water, sun or fun for him. "I'm not a beach guy anymore," Sloan said.
FISHING TRIP: Sloan did admit, though, to doing some fishing Sunday.
He cast his line with Kosta Koufos, playing the seldom-used second-year big man nine key minutes in hopes of hooking a surprise catch.
"I'm looking for a little bit more energy, or something," said Sloan, who has been without injured center Mehmet Okur (ruptured Achilles) and forward Andrei Kirilenko (strained calf). "We've got to buy some time. I can't play (Boozer and backup Paul Millsap) 48 minutes."
ROCKY RELATIONSHIP: Boozer wasn't attempting to get into a future Rambo or Rocky movie when he chatted briefly with Sylvester Stallone before Game 1.
He was simply catching up with a buddy who has a prominent Staples Center courtside seat.
"Sly is a good friend of mine. We've been friends for a while," Boozer said. "We've got the same trainer out here, Gunnar Peterson. He (Stallone) is doing good."
Boozer summed up their quick pregame exchange: "I said we have a chance to win. He said, 'Good luck and go get 'em.' "
MISC.: The Jazz practiced Monday at the Los Angeles Clippers' Playa Vista practice facility. … Game 1 marked their first day game and first ABC game this regular season/postseason. … After tonight, the series resumes Saturday in Utah.
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