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Utah Jazz return to practice after two-day break

Published January 17, 2013 11:27 am

NBA • Corbin hopes team didn't lose its edge during layoff
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After two days off and halfway through a rare four-day break in the schedule, the Utah Jazz returned to practice Thursday morning.

The Jazz have won four of their last five games and take a 21-19 record into Saturday night's match-up with Cleveland, which marks the halfway point of the regular season.

Utah is tied with slumping Houston for seventh in the Western Conference playoff race.

Asked about the Jazz's mini-vacation prior, Al Jefferson smiled and said, "We're going to pay for it right now. This will be a hard practice. But it was good while it lasted."

Coach Tyrone Corbin acknowledged concern that his players could lose a little of the edge they showed during recent wins over Miami, Dallas, Detroit and Charlotte.

"That's a concern because you can lose your focus," Corbin said. "... We have to make sure we understand we're still in a dogfight and, while we get our rest, we have to keep ourselves ready to play the game at a fast pace once we get back on the floor."

Starting with Cleveland, the Jazz play 14 of their next 19 games at EnergySolutions Arena. They have already played 24 road games.