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Utah Jazz notebook: Deron Williams struggling through injury, slump

Published: Saturday, July 4 2015 1:44 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — A day after Deron Williams said he was tired of playing like "crap," coach Tyrone Corbin said all will soon be fine with his All-Star point guard.

"He'll just have to play through it," Corbin said. "Most guys throughout the course of the year feel good about how they're playing and feel not so good sometimes with how they're playing. He's a guy who's going to play a lot of minutes on the floor, and the ball is going to be in his hands. As long as he's taking the right shots they'll fall."

Williams was down on his play following the Jazz's 102-101 loss to the Suns on Tuesday night. He said his shot being off was affecting the rest of his game. His shot — especially his 3-pointer — has been lousy since he sprained his wrist against the Spurs on Jan. 26.

Including Wednesday's game against the Warriors, Williams had made 7 of 39 3-pointers in Utah's previous seven games. He had only shot better than 50 percent in one of those eight contests.

"I think he's hesitant a little bit on his shot," Corbin said. "He's taking good shots and he has to be aggressive. We need him to score and we need him to distribute the ball. He just needs to go out there and play. Nobody is going to make all of their shots all the time. Everyone is going to have ups and downs, and he'll work his way through it."

It may just be a matter of Williams' shooting wrist healing before he recaptures his shooting touch. Unfortunately for the Jazz, Williams won't have a chance to rest his wrist during the All-Star break as he'll compete for the West in Sunday's NBA All-Star Game in Los Angeles.

MORE THAN HE BARGAINED FOR?: Jazz guard Raja Bell missed his third straight game on Wednesday with a strained calf. It's been a tumultuous season for Bell, who has missed a total of seven games this year because of various injuries.

Bell passed up the chance to join the Lakers during the offseason to sign with Jazz. So has he gotten more than he bargained for in his second stint with Utah?

"Look, NBA seasons — I've been a part of a lot of them — and they're roller-coaster rides," Bell said. "This might be more so than some of the other ones I've been in. There are always some emotional ups and downs. This is my first coaching change (during a season)."

Bell said the Jazz have to take it upon themselves to start winning consistently again.

"The thing you can be consistent about is your preparation, the way you come to work, the effort that you put out on the court and hope that your teammates do the same," Bell said. "That can kind of take care of itself."

TRADE TALKS: Corbin said he has only talked briefly with general manager Kevin O'Connor regarding the team's roster since he became head coach. He said the team needs to get a better handle on the various injuries currently plaguing it before the organization can look at making trades before the deadline on Feb. 24.

Corbin adds that he's only worried about Utah's current roster.

"I'm so focused on what we have here now," Corbin said. "We got a couple guys banged up, trying to get back on the floor. I told the guys the other day is this is who we are. Until you're not here or until someone else is here this is who we are so we have to go with what we have."

THE SHOT: Golden State coach Keith Smart made one of the more legendary shots in NCAA Tournament history. He sank a leaning baseline jumper in the final seconds of the 1987 NCAA title game, giving Indiana a 74-73 victory over Syracuse.

The Warriors coach said prior to Wednesday's game against the Jazz that he is frequently reminded of the basket he made that's nicknamed "The Shot"

"The Shot keeps me young," Smart said. "I got another birthday coming up. My birthday goes backwards with The Shot. It was a great moment, not just for myself but for Indiana basketball and fans of college basketball."

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