After the Jazz's loss Thursday to the Los Angeles Lakers, one in which they trailed by 20 points in the opening quarter, coach Jerry Sloan took issue with how his team ran its offense.
"We didn't believe in anything we had," he said, "and when you do that, you're in chaos."
All-Star power forward Carlos Boozer seemingly went one step further, saying the Jazz "started taking jump shots a little bit, ran the wrong offense."
On Friday, Sloan whose Jazz host Seattle tonight bristled when asked about the "wrong offense" comment.
"Wrong offense?" he asked. "I don't know. I'll have to ask. Maybe we'll start using the ones they want.
"You can run any offense you want," Sloan added. "If you don't run it properly, what do you end up with? You always end up with outside shots."
Point guard Deron Williams also indicated he wasn't sure what "wrong offense" meant.
But Boozer explained, saying "part of it" was he thought Utah should have opened in a "different set."
"But also we didn't run what we were in very well either," he said. "But it wasn't that. It was just the way we came out. We didn't come out with the same intensity that they did. That's what I meant by what I said.
"You know," Boozer added, "if we had came out with the same 'I'm gonna cut to the basket hard, I'm gonna set a screen hard, I'm gonna shoot the ball to make it' that kind of thing like they did, we would have had a better first quarter. Same thing defensively."
As for outside shooting, Boozer said, "We got into a little bit of a different offense to start the game, and, you know, the first thing that's always gonna be there is jump shots, and we kind of fell for the bait a little bit."
TERRIBLE LOSS: Sloan on Friday reiterated he doesn't think sporadically used swingman C.J. Miles, a restricted free agent last offseason, made the right decision by following his agent's advice to not play for the Jazz's 2007 Rocky Mountain Revue team.
"In my opinion, that was a terrible, terrible loss on his part because the summer is where you usually make yourself better," the Jazz coach said. "In the wintertime, the games are going on. You have time to work, but it's not like getting to play actual minutes and being involved in a leadership role."
Sloan suggested Miles, who is in his third NBA season straight from high school, could have used the summer to determine what he should work on most.
"That's what young players have got to do," he said. "They've got to realize how important it is to continue to work. If they're gonna be in this business, there has to be a realization of what you need to do.
"If you're getting beat all the time on the defensive end," Sloan added, "then you probably need to work at it a little harder."
Sloan did say he thinks Miles is "a better player than ... a year ago," but added it's hard to judge how much because he hasn't played much.
Miles has consistently suggested the call to skip summer-league play was strictly a business decision.
BIRTHDAY BASH: Williams is hosting a birthday bash tonight for teammates Miles and Ronnie Brewer, who earlier this week turned 21 and 23 years old, respectively.
Billed as "The Birthday Celebration of the Year," the corporate-sponsored party featuring rapper/crunk pioneer Lil' Jon will be held at BLISS.
Tickets cost $25 per person and are available online at 24tix.com and smithstix.com, or at any Smith'sTix location. According to promoters, a dress code (no baggy jeans, no hats and no jerseys other than Jazz jerseys) will be strongly enforced.
BEERFEST: Williams spoke Friday about a spectator who threw a cup of beer to the EnergySolutions Arena floor late in Thursday's loss.
"I heard it was a Laker fan," he said.
TOURNEY TIME: One college player with Jazz ties advanced in NCAA Tournament play Friday, but another did not.
Stephen Curry, son of ex-Jazz guard Dell Curry, scored 40 points to lead Davidson past Gonzaga. But Klayton Korver, a brother of Jazz shooting guard Kyle Korver, saw his Drake team get upset by Western Kentucky.HE SAID IT: Boozer, on what it means that earlier this week Seattle yielded 168 points to Denver: "Either Denver was on fire, or there really wasn't a lot of defense being played by one team."
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