You’ve got to look a little deeper and ask why. That’s how you fix something. It’s like addressing the symptom as opposed to the cause of the symptom. —Quin Snyder
SALT LAKE CITY – Turnovers have been a big issue for the Utah Jazz this season, as they rank first in the league in most turnovers per game (19.2), and they’re coming off consecutive games where they had 24 and 21 turnovers, respectively, against the Suns and Lakers.
Coach Quin Snyder, who is celebrating his 51st birthday today, talked at length about the turnover issue at Monday’s shootaround, describing the difference between certain turnovers and some of the reasons why, with new players, playing a new system, etc. But the bottom line is, Snyder said the Jazz are working on the problem and know they need to get it fixed.
“You’ve got to look a little deeper and ask why,” he said. “That’s how you fix something. It’s like addressing the symptom as opposed to the cause of the symptom.
“We’ve dealt with turnover issues before — we’re just fixated on that right now and hopefully that will go away,” he continued. “When I say fixated, I don’t mean in a bad way. (You need to) take those things seriously as a coach and figure it out.”
New point guard Ricky Rubio is averaging 4.7 turnovers per game, which is tied for fourth-worst in the NBA, and he made no excuses, even when given an opportunity to blame it on being new to the Jazz system.
“I’m learning a lot of new things and a lot of things in my mind, but at the same time, I’ve got to control the ball more . . . way too many turnovers. That’s not me, and I’ve got to get better,” he said. “When you have a turnover, it’s no excuse, but of course, having new teammates, new system, you’re learning a lot but like I said, we’ve got to get better, especially me and that’s it.”
The Jazz play Monday night at home against the Dallas Mavericks, who come into Vivint Arena tied for the worst record in the NBA at 1-6. Later this week, the Jazz will play Portland on Wednesday night and Toronto Friday night before going to Houston for a game Sunday.