"We're still struggling. We haven't beat a good team in awhile," he said. "We have a long ways to go. We've just got to get better, play better basketball. We have a lot of injuries right now, which is not helping."
The Jazz came out that night after he said that and took down their Northwest Division rivals at the Pepsi Center, but those themes still ring true on the heels of a 121-106 loss in which Utah fell apart against Oklahoma City after a hot start Saturday.
Williams also said before the weekend's split that he believes the Jazz still have the tools to make something special happen this season and in the playoffs.
"Hopefully. That's the way you want to think," he said. "We generally don't make too many major moves in-season. If it's like it has been in the past, this is our team. We have to realize that and we have to play hard. We have to find a way to get it going."
Added Williams: "I think at times this year, we've played great basketball. We know it's in there somewhere. We've just got to find it and get it back."
And keep it.
Or that extra long summer awaits.
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