Utah Jazz have a chance to forget loss

Published: Friday, Oct. 9 2015 4:35 p.m. MDT

MIAMI — After blowing eight-point leads in both the fourth quarter and first overtime of a three-OT loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday, the Jazz started thinking about tonight's game against Southeast Division-leading Orlando.

And the thoughts weren't exactly palm-tree pretty.

"It's bad. It's bad. It's a game we should have won," point guard Deron Williams said of Utah's 140-129 loss. "You know, we just put ourselves in a bad position — because now we have a back-to-back."

And the Jazz, Williams knows well, are just 3-12 in back-half games so far this season.

"We just played three overtimes, 15 extra minutes," he said. "Now we've got to go to Orlando, and mentally this is a game that we're gonna be thinking about, because we pretty much gave it away."

Some with the Jazz, however, suggested it's not exactly healthy to obsess, let alone dwell.

"That's the beauty of the NBA — just forget about it," shooting guard Kyle Korver said.

"We ... can't really let ourselves down and cry about the game, what's going and on stuff," big man Mehmet Okur added. "We've got to look forward to playing the rest of the season."

REMEMBERING DAVIDSON: Okur played on one of the Detroit Pistons NBA title teams owned by Bill Davidson, who died Friday at the age of 86.

Along with the recent passing of Jazz owner Larry H. Miller, that makes two owners' deaths in a short time for Okur.

"He was a good man," the center from Turkey said of Davidson.

"He wasn't like Larry. He never came in the locker room when I was there. He didn't say any word," Okur added. "He always came and (sat) behind the basket before games, and didn't say a word. ... Larry was more into basketball — before, after, even at halftime. He used to come in, sit and talk with us."

HARPRING'S MINUTES: Jazz veteran Matt Harpring had a rare game Saturday in which he did not play due to the coach's decision.

Harpring, who has logged double-digit minutes 31 times this season, also played just four minutes in Wednesday's loss at Atlanta and only five in Tuesday's win at Indiana, all coming in the first half.

Harpring was asked after Saturday's lengthy game if his knees were sore or he had any other health issues preventing him from playing, and he indicated that is not the case.

Asked before Saturday's game if the limited playing time has got to be tough for a veteran like Harpring, Sloan — who suggested that with everyone on the team currently healthy the veteran forward is being mostly being used only when needed — turned to a line he's used a time or two in the past.

"He gets paid on the 1st and 15th," the Jazz coach said.

Sloan did, though, suggest he won't shy from using Harpring in the future, saying, "He's got toughness that we don't have."

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