The Utah Jazz will be going for a perfect exhibition record this weekend. Make that a perfectly dreadful record.
The Jazz, 0-6 in preseason play, play their final two exhibition games, Sunday and Monday against Detroit and Boston, respectively.Sunday's contest against the two-time world champion Pistons begins at 12:30 (MST) and will be aired PSN and on KISN-AM (570).
The exhibition season hasn't been a roaring success for the Pistons, either. Detroit began by beating the Clippers twice (110-95 and 118-111). But from then on they had little success, losing to Boston (116-98), Seattle (101-82), New York (89-85) and Philadelphia (94-81). The other win in Detroit's 3-4 record was a 95-86 win over San Antonio.
The Pistons were hurt in exhibition play by the absence of Dennis Rodman, who has been bothered by an ankle injury.
Regardless, the Pistons are still the Pistons. "They like to come out and intimidate you. They're a heck of a defensive team," said Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan. "They force you out on the perimeter. When they do that, we're not as effective."
Shooting has been a problem for the Jazz in the preseason. The team that led the league in field goal percentage last year (.505), is clunking along at a .427 pace. Part is due to the playing of young players and part due to an increase in outside shots.
However, the rest is due to just plain missing shots they shouldn't. "Right now we're searching a little," said Sloan."We've lost some games - and we're not trying to lose them - but we're doing a lot of different things. Our concentration has to get better. But I feel good about our team."
Meanwhile, the Pistons appear ready to make another title run. Though Vinnie Johnson, a free agent, remains unsigned, Bill Laimbeer is back in what Coach Chuck Daly says is "the best physical condition of any year."
Sunday's game will be followed by a Monday night Jazz contest in Providence, R.I., against the Boston Celtics. Boston whipped the Jazz 114-107 in Ogden a week ago.