Utah Jazz notebook: Despite slow start, Jazz aren't pushing panic button
Tom Smart, Deseret News
SALT LAKE CITY — While Utah Jazz players, coaches and fans might be frustrated with the team's 1-3 start, they aren't in a panic mode yet. At least the coaches and players aren't.
After all, there are still 78 games to go.
"You can't panic," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "It's a long, long season with a lot of basketball left to be played and a lot of runs left. You can't get frustrated with what's going on. It's a growing process, but we've got to learn."
Corbin believes his team has played well, but has lacked consistency.
"We have to play better for longer stretches," he said. "We've had stretches in all three of the games (they lost) where we played pretty well. We've had stretches where we didn't play well and made key mistakes that cost us runs or gave the other team runs and made mistakes we shouldn't have made."
Jazz newcomer and tri-captain Mo Williams isn't sounding the alarm either.
"We're in a good place — we just have to shore up a few things," Williams said. "One thing about this league, no one's going to feel sorry for you. You've got to get right back at it and get to work the next day. We've got a long road ahead of us and need to continue to grow and make those steps."
BETTER SHOTS: One of the early problems for the Jazz has been poor shot selection, particularly early in the San Antonio loss and in the third quarter of the Memphis loss.
"We've taken too many one-pass jump shots early," Corbin said. "We've got good shooters on this team and we want to use the perimeter shots to open up our post game, but we have to be a little smarter about it and be more patient about when we take perimeter shots."
The Jazz are shooting just 44.3 percent from the field and have just two players, Derrick Favors (12-of-24) and rookie Kevin Murphy (1-of-2), who are shooting at least 50 percent.
WHERE'S ENES?: One of Utah's best players during the preseason, and certainly the most improved, was second-year center Enes Kanter, who averaged 13.1 points and 9.4 rebounds on 58 percent shooting in eight games.
However, so far he's basically been a no-show in the four regular-season games.
He's averaging just 2.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 14 minutes per game, while shooting 41.7 percent from the field. Those numbers are below his averages from last year when he averaged 4.6 points and 4.2 rebounds per game on 49.8 percent shooting.
NOTES: When asked Tuesday if he was considering any changes in his starting lineup, Corbin had a simple answer: "No." ... Kobe Bryant has averaged 30.8 points in his last six games in Utah, including the playoffs. ... Last season, the Jazz and Lakers split four games in the series, each winning once at home and once on the road. ... The Jazz and Lakers will play twice more this season, at L.A. on Dec. 9 and Jan. 25. ... L.A.'s Steve Blake was fined $25,000 by the NBA this week for "directing inappropriate language toward a fan" during a loss to the Clippers last Friday night.
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