SALT LAKE CITY — Members of the Utah Jazz arrived at the practice facility as early as 9 a.m. Thursday morning.
There was much work to be done as the team is looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
More skill work. More film study. More attention to detail.
More. More. More.
“It was good,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said of Thursday’s practice. “We had a lot to do. A lot to get better at, so it was good energy.
“We’ve got to get better in the film room. We’ve got to get better on individual work. We’ve got to get better in breakdowns. We’ve got to get better at 5-on-5s,” he added. “We did a little bit of everything and tried to get better.”
Utah (5-6) dropped its third straight game Tuesday at home to Philadelphia, 104-97, without 76ers big man Joel Embiid protecting the inside. The Jazz shot 30.3 percent from the field — nearly posting their worst shooting night in team history.
Miami (5-6) is making its fifth stop of a six-game road trip. The game with the Jazz tips at 7 p.m. Friday night at Vivint Arena.
The Heat are 2-2 after Wednesday’s 126-115 win against Phoenix.
Jazz center Rudy Gobert is focused on correcting those key mistakes to get back on track. The individual matchup against Miami center Hassan Whiteside isn’t affecting his outlook on the team concept.
“It’s about us,” Gobert said. “We made some mistakes that’s not about skills. It’s not about how good you are as a basketball player. It’s just more focus and communication — some things you can avoid.”
SLC STARS: Utah’s NBA G League affiliate, the Salt Lake City Stars, made their home debut Wednesday night at Lifetime Activities Center. The Stars suffered a 103-97 loss to the Wisconsin Herd with Jazz players Dante Exum, Joe Ingles, Raul Neto, Donovan Mitchell and Ekpe Udoh in attendance. Two-way Jazz player Nate Wolters led the Stars with 22 points, 10 boards and eight assists. Former North Carolina center Tony Bradley also posted 20 points and four rebounds.
MIKE D’ANTONI’S BEEF WITH UTAH: When visiting NBA teams roll into Utah, they typically stay at the Grand America Hotel in the heart of Salt Lake City. The hotel is luxurious, and less than 2 miles away from the Jazz’s Vivint Arena. But for one NBA coach, the city is allegedly missing his go-to spot: Starbucks.
“Utah’s one, it throws me for a loop. I’m serious,” Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni told Sports Illustrated. “I dread going there. I like Utah, but they don’t have a Starbucks."
D’Antoni’s love for Starbucks was chronicled in an SI feature by Jake Fischer Thursday, where the league’s reigning coach of the year admitted his longtime obsession. His daily ritual includes ordering a Venti, sugar-free, vanilla latte while reading the latest USA Today newspaper.
“I don’t actually like coffee,” D’Antoni said. “But I’m addicted to Starbucks.”