MIAMI — After losing Monday night in Orlando, a victory here tonight in Miami is requisite if the Jazz want a winning record from their five-game pre-Christmas trip.
"There's a lot of pressure on us to have a good performance," point guard Deron Williams said.
The catch, though: The Jazz have lost 10 of their last 11 vs. the Heat, and have lost six straight times in Miami, including last season's triple-overtime game.
The root cause of Utah's woes in the land of Dwyane Wade?
"It's all DWade, man," forward Carlos Boozer said.
Wade scored 50 against the Jazz here last season, 20 the season before that, 25 in March of 2006, 39 in November of 2004 and 31 the previous February.
"How many in the NBA would people pay to see?" Boozer asked. "He's one of them. And I'm a basketball player. In the NBA. And I'd pay to go see him. So ... "
WILLIAMS OKAY: Williams said his thumb was a little swollen after he somehow hurt it in Monday's loss at Orlando — "I don't know if I hit it, or what," he said — but it didn't keep him from practicing Tuesday.
"It's good," Williams said.
KORVER OUT: Jazz shooting guard Kyle Korver didn't practice Tuesday and won't play tonight.
It will be the second straight game missed by Korver, who is experiencing complications with his surgically repaired left knee.
There is no timetable for his anticipated returned.
ARROYO STARTING: There's no telling if they'll keep him when his contract must become fully guaranteed early next month.
But former Jazz point guard Carlos Arroyo has played 24 games for the Miami Heat, and he's started their last three in a row — dishing 14 assists with no turnovers during that short span.
"I always wanted to be a part of this organization," Arroyo, a native of Puerto Rico who played in college for Florida International University, told Hoopsworld.com. "Because, you know, it's where I live, and where I went to school. So I have a lot of friends and family, but I never thought it was going to happen.
"You worry that you'll think about it so much, that when it comes down to it, it might never happen," he added. "So, this is definitely a blessing."3 comments on this story
HE SAID IT: Longtime Wizards starter and ex-Jazz guard DeShawn Stevenson, to the Washington Post, on getting benched in Washington after an ineffective five-game stint in the opening lineup: "It's part of basketball. You just got to be a pro and be positive. It's tough, but we got a new coach (Flip Saunders), I ain't played in a year (back injury). I got to stay positive and not get down on myself. Just work through it. I can get through it. I've been through worst situations."