"We were playing our best basketball, and then we just changed everything up," Williams said. "It's kind of frustrating. … But you can't blame everything on Coach, a lineup change. We just have to go out there and play. We're still in the floor, it's still our job."
Sloan, for his part, suggested he'll accept responsibility when his team doesn't perform.
"I've never had a problem with that," he said, "because that's my job, to try to get guys to play."
After all, Sloan added, "We're one of the highest-paid teams in the league, so expectations should be high."
But it's ultimately up to Jazz players themselves, Williams suggested, to reserve course.
"We've got to try to turn things around, just figure some things out internally," he said. "You know, some guys don't have confidence right now. I think that's a big problem.
"A lot of it's just they get frustrated through the course of a game," Williams added.
"You know, if they take a bad shot and they don't come back in for a while, it's tough on them."
Williams cited the case of Miles, a starter all last season.
"He played good in the first quarter, then he didn't get back in (until the second half)," Williams said. "I thought it was funny, but I guess he took two shots Coach didn't like."
"I thought he took good shots. I passed it to him. … I think we need to take open shots or we're not going to be a good team if we don't have confidence."
Like Sloan, though, Williams seems anxious to see improvement — and confident it will come.
"We're not in too bad of a position," he said on the same day Utah sat ninth in the NBA's Western Conference, with the same record as final playoff-position holder Oklahoma City.
"But it seems like the last couple years we've kind of made it a habit of just surviving until the All-Star break, then … we play together," he added. "And we don't want to do that."
It's true that the Jazz are just one win off their 33-game pace from last season, but it took winning streaks of four games in January and 12 in February/March last season to claim the West's final postseason berth.
"I think we're fine," Williams said.
They will be, Sloan agreed, "if we don't have too many battles to fight off the floor."
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