Utah Jazz: 'Long season' ahead if Jazz don't turn things around
“Maybe,” Corbin said when asked if he’d consider using Hayward or Burks at the point as an alternative quick fix. “Because I thought we had a little bit more offensive punch in the group.”
The Jazz coach is hesitant, though, because he doesn’t prefer to use the players out of their natural positions.
Overall, Corbin is taking an all-hands-on deck approach, with Burke, Marvin Williams, Jeremy Evans and Andris Biedrins being out and Brandon Rush not quite ready to play daily.
“We’ve got to make sure we use everything that we have,” Corbin said. “We’re short-handed. We need everybody to be ready to go.”
In the meantime, the Jazz will continue to play this season with an eye toward the future. This year is more about helping the five foundation players develop than anything else.
The hard part about that, though, is trying to keep players fully interested and motivated while they’re piling up losses. Part of the learning process, of course, is learning how to win, not just how to fill up the stat sheet or getting minutes.
“It’s a year of learning. We want to make sure we’re growing every night we step out there,” Corbin said. “I think they’re getting used to it. Derrick and Enes (are) in starting roles for the first time. Gordon (is) starting primarily after being off the bench. Alec’s increasing his minutes on the floor.
“They’re closing games for us. It’s a learning process. It can be frustrating just not getting any reward for all the work you’re putting in, but we have to stay in it to make it happen.”
Hayward echoed his coach, using the word “frustrating” multiple times in the visitors locker room at TD Garden on Wednesday night.
“It’s the little things that we aren’t doing, and that’s why we’re losing basketball games. We’ve got to pay a lot more attention to detail,” Hayward said. “We have the talent. That’s not a question. We have the talent to win basketball games. We’re just not doing the little things, the details. Our focus is not there for the full 48 minutes.”
When that happens, Hayward said that other NBA teams “punish that," as has happened five times in a week.
“I think it is a little bit part of the learning process,” he said. “But that’s just on us as professionals to get it together and figure this out or else it’s going to be a long season.”
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