It's been refreshing. It gave us a day yesterday to get off our feet, look at some film and talk and have some good discussion.
SALT LAKE CITY — After a grueling beginning to the lockout-shortened season, the Utah Jazz are in a weird position.
They didn't play Wednesday. They don't have a game tonight, either.
Two days between games almost seems like an eternity considering they played six games in eight nights to begin their playing part of the 2011-12 schedule.
"It's been refreshing," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin admitted. "It gave us a day yesterday to get off our feet, look at some film and talk and have some good discussion."
The Jazz had their annual signing day Wednesday. They sign thousands of items — basketballs, pictures, books, jerseys, etc. — for the community relations team to distribute to charities, promotions and the like.
Those piles of paraphernalia were gone by this morning, and the team hit the practice court once again.
Corbin hopes it will "build on" what they went over in the film session "and get back to work."
The Jazz weren't expecting to have a full-blown practice with scrimmaging because of a few injuries. Devin Harris (calf), Josh Howard (quad) and Paul Millsap (knee) received treatment, went through stretching and were hoping to give practice a go after getting nicked up in Tuesday's win over Milwaukee.
After this two-day hiatus, they have another back-to-back set with games in Utah on Friday (Memphis) and at Golden State on Saturday.
Corbin said the Jazz are about on schedule of where they thought they might be from a progress standpoint. They've struggled mightily on the road, but have gutted out three nice wins at home for a 3-3 record — which puts them in the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference standings, by the way.
"We're growing," Corbin said. "We're coming along."
Especially defensively. The Jazz even lead the NBA in blocked shots as a team (7.5 bpg).
But Corbin still wants to see the pace picked up on the offensive end. Getting the ball up court sooner will allow more time to run half-court sets.
"I think we're doing a good job once we get into the plays," Corbin said. "We've got to get into them quicker."
Utah is 26th in the NBA in scoring (90.2 ppg), but the Jazz are 11th in scoring defense (96.5 ppg).