Corbin wasn't sure how quickly Howard — or the rest of the Jazz newcomers, for that matter — would catch on and allow for the playbook to be opened up. But Utah is beginning to implement more complexity into its offense with second and third options.
It will give the Jazz more options if the 31-year-old hits 3-pointers like he did Wednesday when he drilled two treys after starting the season 0-for-8 from long range.
Howard said offensive chemistry is a "work in progress."
"I'm happy with his progress," Corbin added. "(He's) at least on schedule, maybe a little bit ahead."
That could be said of Howard's new team as well.
Sure, the Jazz fell to the Lakers by three in the OT heartbreaker. But that didn't sting as badly as the humiliating hammering they took in the season-opening 25-point loss in L.A.
"Two totally different teams," Howard said. "We have been learning a lot since the few weeks from that game. We just have to be ready to start a new streak now."
Interestingly, they'll get that chance Saturday when several Jazz players who used to feel at home in Utah, like he does now, make their return.
Coincidentally, that group includes an old Jazz guy who used to wear his No. 8.
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