Utah Jazz: Offensive woes continue for struggling squad heading into pair of games vs. red-hot Clippers

Published: Thursday, Dec. 27 2012 6:55 p.m. MST

"If they're good shots, we've got to take them," Corbin said. "We've got to attack the rim. We've got to put some pressure on the guys, not settling for jump shots. We've got to get a better mix."

That's the case whether Williams is running the offensive show or guys like Jamaal Tinsley and Earl Watson, both of whom are expected to carry the bulk of the playmaker load during the starter's indefinite absence.

"Things just aren't going our way and every team goes through things like this," Jefferson said. "We're sill at .500 and we're still in a good position, so I'm not panicking."

It's clear, though, that the Jazz need more production from the point than they got Wednesday. Tinsley and Watson combined to score zero points and had as many turnovers as assists (a total of seven of both). Things won't get any easier with Chris Paul handling the ball for Utah's opponent the next two games — Friday vs. the Clippers at home and Sunday night in L.A. The Clippers stretched their win streak to 15 after Thursday's 106-77 win against Boston.

Corbin pointed out that Williams does a good job of getting the Jazz into the secondary part of their offense when the first option doesn't pan out. He's better at aggressively driving when needed, too.

Corbin seemed committed to keeping the rotation as it's been, with Tinsley starting and Watson backing him up until Williams returns. The coach likes Alec Burks' quickness, but the second-year guard isn't a point guard, so Corbin isn't certain whether he can make the quick basketball decisions while running the offense. Randy Foye is another option, but he's better suited as a shooting guard as well.

Watson concurred that the aggressiveness just wasn't there against the Warriors, although to the veteran point guard this particular loss wasn't any more alarming than others.

"To me, every loss is the worst. It doesn't matter for me. I think we have to play with an edge," he said. "January's coming around the corner. We have to play more physical, more decisive and we have to play with more passion. … Just lose yourself to the game. Whatever happens, happens."

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