Despite a 2-0 deficit after a pair of lopsided losses, Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin doesn’t anticipate any lineup changes for Game 3 against San Antonio on Saturday night.
“We thought about changing,” Corbin said before Friday’s practice. “We thought about a few different things. But the bottom line is we haven’t played our best basketball with the group we have in there. We need to play better, first of all.”
If Corbin doesn’t change his mind, Josh Howard will remain the starter at small forward. He replaced DeMarre Carroll at the start of the playoffs.
“We just have to get better at what we’re doing,” Corbin said. “If we do, we’ll have a chance to win the game.”
Burks credits Spurs’ mistake-free play
Jazz rookie Alec Burks averages 7.5 points in 16 minutes a game in this series. He is 9 for 10 from the free-throw line.
Burks credits San Antonio for providing a good example of what to expect in the playoffs.
“They do everything right,” he said. “They don’t give themselves a chance to lose. They don’t make any mistakes, from what I’ve seen.”
So can the Jazz get back in the series?
“Always confident,” Burks said. “You’ve got to have confidence to even be in this league — got to have confidence we can take these home games, like we should.”
Jazz own advantage on line
Despite playing twice on the road, the Jazz have a 53-38 advantage in free-throw attempts against the Spurs.
“Especially in the playoffs,” Gordon Hayward said, “you want to get as many easy points as you can. Points are so hard to come by and getting to the line is something we have to do a little bit more. It can get you going as a player and a team.”
Hayward is 14 for 14 from the free-throw line in Games 1 and 2.
On the other hand, Al Jefferson has attempted one free throw in 63 minutes. Devin Harris has taken one in 49 minutes.
Ahearn celebrates playoffs
Jazz guard Blake Ahearn, who turns 28 on May 27, is participating in his first NBA playoff series.
“Going to the playoffs and playing one of the best teams in the league, it’s a fun experience,” he said. “Hopefully, it will be even more fun if we can win this next one and make it a series.”
Ahearn reports that his infant daughter, born prematurely in mid-March, is home and progressing.
“I’ve been talking to my wife every day and everything is going well,” Ahearn said. “There haven’t been any surprises or anything like that. They’ve been going on walks and everything. … She went to the doctor [Thursday] for a check-up and things look good.”
Miles remains doubtful
Utah’s C.J. Miles is improving from a strained calf he suffered almost three weeks ago, but it’s unlikely he will play again unless the Jazz rally against the Spurs and advance to the second round.
Miles worked on a treadmill Thursday. He was scheduled to lightly participate in Friday’s practice.
“It’s weird,” Miles said. “Every time it starts to feel better — when you try to put it some type of explosion into it — I can’t do what I want to do. On the treadmill, I was able to go a good pace, but not full speed.”