Big backup Kyrylo Fesenko evidently isn't enough to compensate, especially when the Jazz — as they were — are forced to play without injured starting center Mehmet Okur and starting small forward Andrei Kirilenko for most of the postseason.
"A.K. and Memo — those are two big bodies," Miles said. "So maybe we don't need (more) if those guys are healthy."
But this season's version of the Jazz, of course, will never know how they would have fared had Kirilenko and Okur been available throughout against the Lakers.
That in mind, players seemed content Tuesday to savor what they accomplished anyway.
"I know we had a good season," Boozer said. "We won a lot of games. Got through a playoff series (against Northwest Division-champ Denver) without two starters — I don't know how many teams do that. And we lost to a great team."
"Anytime you get over 50 wins and make the playoffs it's a successful season," Williams added. "Did we go as far as we'd like to? No. Did we play as well as we'd like to against the Lakers? No. But they were a good team."
Good enough to sweep the Jazz.
Good enough to eliminate Utah yet again.
And good to make Williams wonder what it will take — and if the Jazz are willing to go it, whatever that may be — to make sure it doesn't happen again.
"We have a good team. It's not like we don't have a good team," Williams said. "It's just that it's going to be hard for us to challenge the Lakers with the team they have out on the floor.
"They stack that team up."
And Williams wants his to stack much better than it has.
It's only because he cares.
Some took Williams' comments Monday to mean that if the Jazz don't soon add the requisite pieces, he'd have pause to reconsider his willingness to remain in Utah when his current contract expires in the summer of 2012 and again (because of a player option) in the summer of 2013.
Leaving, though, is the last thing on his mind, Williams assured Tuesday.
"I'm under contract," he said. "I'm gonna be here."
And because he is — at least for two more seasons — he really does want more.
"It wasn't a threat or anything like that," Williams said. "It was just me being honest. I feel like if we want to compete for a title, we need to make some moves.
"I didn't say I wasn't gonna be a long-term fixture," the Jazz point added. "So, I'm just gonna keep playing. Hopefully the front office will take care of everything else, and I won't have to worry about it."
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