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Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
The Jazz's Mehmet Okur is a center of media attention as he speaks to reporters prior to practice.

The Jazz are up 2-0, the Houston Rockets can't get off the ground and the scary thing about it is Utah's two prime-time players haven't come even close to showing the right stuff.

Deron Williams readily admits as much heading into Game 3 of a first-round, best-of-seven NBA series.

"I feel I haven't had a good game in the series yet, and I think Booz feels the same way," the Jazz's point guard said of himself and power forward Carlos Boozer. "So we feel like we're in a pretty good position, once we start clicking together."

That could come tonight at EnergySolutions Arena, where Utah will play its first postseason home game since it lost last year to San Antonio in the Western Conference finals.

Even if it doesn't, though, the Jazz feel good enough about their supporting cast that they don't sense a particular need to catch a hot star and ride him for the remainder of the postseason.

"It's nice ... if things aren't going well that somebody else picks up the slack," said Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, whose bench has outscored that of the Rockets 54-32 so far in the series.

"Booz has been in foul trouble both games, but we've had guys step in and it seems like we haven't missed a beat," Williams added. "That's what we've got to continue to have."

In Game 1 of the series, Boozer did have a 20-point, 16-rebound performance, and Williams did have a 20-point, 10-assist double-double.

But the Jazz also had a team-high 21 points from starting small forward Andrei Kirilenko — 10 points more than his average during the regular season — and another 11 points from backup shooting guard Kyle Korver.

In Game 2, Boozer managed only 13 points and seven boards while Williams scored a team-high 22 points but dished just five assists.

Starting center Mehmet Okur, though, picked up the slack with a 16-point, 16-board double-double, while backup point guard Ronnie Price hit two key 3-pointers. Utah also got a personal playoff-high 10 points from starting shooting guard Ronnie Brewer, who was scoreless in Game 1.

"We're deeper than what people think, man," Boozer said prior to practice Wednesday.

"I mean, (backup power forward) Paul (Millsap) came in and did a great job. Memo was phenomenal with his rebounding, and his shots at the end of (Game 2's first) half. Kyle was great, Ronnie. I mean, everybody played great that played in (Game 2)."

It's for that reason that the Jazz don't seem totally sold on the suggestion that someone — either Boozer, an All-Star the last two years, or Williams, a budding All-Star, or perhaps Okur, an All-Star last season — has to become a picture of perfect playoff production, even if not in this round then certainly down the postseason road.

"Honestly, however you get a win you get it," Harpring said. "Whether it's you ride a guy, or someone steps up, or whatever happens — if you get a win and it's ugly, it's still a win. It doesn't matter, and you move on. You really don't look back in the playoffs."

"When you have enough talent on a team, it can be both," Kirilenko added. "We can be good as a team, we can be hot as one guy — and we have, like, five or six guys that can get hot in a particular different game. So I think it really doesn't matter. I think we really need to be team first, then get the guy who's hot."

Boozer, who had four 30-plus-point playoff games last year, spells out the philosophy with even more specificity.

"For us, each game is gonna pose different challenges for us," he said. "I mean, there's gonna be games where we're gonna explode and me and DWill (Williams) will have 30 points each. Most games we're gonna have 20. But there's gonna come a game when Memo (Okur) is gonna have 30, Matty (Harpring) have 25, Paul (Millsap) may have 20.

"You know, you expect us (he and Williams) to play well," Boozer added. "But the great thing about it is we have guys that come off the bench, or even guys that start, that give us a huge lift. Like A.K. (Kirilenko) in the first game."

So it may be nitpicking to ask for more from Williams and Boozer.

But they were the Jazz's top two scorers throughout the regular season, with Boozer averaging 21.1 points and Williams 18.8.

Beyond that, Boozer averaged 23.5 points and Williams 19.2 points in the playoffs last year.

And one of the two either held or shared team-high scoring honors in all but one of Utah's 17 games last postseason.

With that perhaps in mind, then, Williams readily concedes that consistency from the stars is a reasonable expectation as the playoffs roll on.

"You need those guys to be constants, and I think me and Booz need to be those guys. Even Memo, I think, a little bit," he said. "Then you've got to have other guys, just everybody else, playing well."

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