Heading into Sunday's NBA play, the Jazz's 111.1 scoring average this season easily led the league in team points per game — nearly three full points ahead of the next-closest Los Angeles Lakers.

Only once in seven games so far, in fact, has Utah not surpassed the century mark.

Suffice it to say, however, that Jazz coach Jerry Sloan is anything but overwhelmed by how his offense has played.

"This is a team that has tried to make more acrobatic plays than any team I've ever had," said Sloan, whose 5-2 Jazz host Sacramento tonight. "They're a lot more athletic, probably, and that may be the reason.

"But," he added, "we've made some really difficult passes and we've turned the ball over a lot — and you can't afford that."

Bolstering Sloan's point: Not including Sunday's games, the Jazz were averaging 17.7 turnovers per outing. That ranked eighth-worst in the NBA, with only Charlotte, Seattle, Memphis, Washington, Atlanta, Denver and Boston committing more by average.

SCOUTING OPINION: A scouting report that Sacramento had on Utah for a preseason game in Albuquerque last month was made public after being discovered in a media work room, and it was quite critical of the defense played by Jazz starting power forward Carlos Boozer ("coast(s) on defense; go at him"), starting center Mehmet Okur ("does not like to be played physical, so get into him") and backup shooting guard Gordan Giricek ("poor defender").

Sloan, however, vowed not to make mention of that today.

"I have mentioned it to them a time or two," the Jazz coach said, "but to me that's high school stuff. If you have to have that to motivate you ... that's sad commentary on our business."

THROW ME THE DANG BALL: According to the Sacramento Bee, "the adjustments and comfort level continue to come for offseason addition Mikki Moore, but the Kings forward said he wouldn't mind the ball coming his way more often, either.

"Asked about the Kings' low assist total, Moore" — who played 28 games for Utah during the 2003-04 season — "said: 'Coach (Reggie Theus) is going to have to fix that. The last couple games, I've only had four shots, and I didn't think I was brought here just to play defense.' "

TICKET TALK: Team Marketing Report's recently released annual survey of average NBA ticket prices reveals Minnesota, Orlando, Seattle, Memphis, Golden State, Charlotte, Washington and New Orleans all have lower averages than the Jazz's $41.31.

The Los Angeles Lakers lead the league at $89.24; the Hornets ($24.58) are low.

(Average price represents a weighted average of season ticket prices for general seating categories, determined by factoring the number of tickets in each price range as a percentage of the total number of seats in each arena. Premium, amenity-added seats and luxury suites are not included in the survey.)

Utah's average cost is up 6.6 percent from last year — a jump higher than all but eight other NBA teams.

HARD CORE: In a Bee story Sunday about ticket sales in Sacramento, NBA marketing/business vice president Scott O'Neil cited Utah and Golden State as examples of franchises with "really hard-core sales staffs."

DOWN ON THE FARM: New trainer for the Jazz's NBA Development League affiliate Utah Flash is University of Utah graduate Nick Asay, who arrives in Orem after spending the past two seasons as head trainer for the Washington Nationals-affiliated Vermont Lake Monsters minor-league baseball team.

Asay also was trainer for the University of Utah baseball team from 2004-06.

MISC.: Going into Sunday's games, Jazz starting shooting guard Ronnie Brewer was tied for second with Atlanta's Josh Smith in steals per game at 3.0 — just shy of the league-leading 3.29 from Denver's Allen Iverson ... The Jazz are calling backup small forward Matt Harpring, who missed Saturday's win over Memphis due to swelling in his surgically repaired right knee, "probable" for tonight ... Update: Ex-Jazz big man Ike Austin — former coach of the minor-league ABA's now-defunct Utah Snowbears — was an assistant last season with the D-League's Bakersfield Jam, but has been replaced this season by retired NBA big man Sean Rooks ... Ex-Jazz guard and assistant coach Kenny Natt is in his first season as a Sacramento assistant.


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