Trey Burke had a talk with Jesus.
Jesus Shuttlesworth, that is.
Before Saturday’s game, a Jazz assistant took the rookie Burke on the court early to watch Miami’s Ray Allen, of “He Got Game” and 7,297 NBA 3-pointers made fame, in his pregame routine.
Allen took some time to share wisdom with the youngster.
“He was basically just talking to me about getting a routine early on in your career,” Burke said. “Taking care of your body and the proper amount of rest, all the little things veterans do that rookies should do. I took a lot away from it. I talked to him for about 20 minutes and it was a great conversation. I grew up watching him play, watching him in movies and stuff like that.”
Follow the leader
In the first half Saturday, Miami’s Dwyane Wade took exception after being whistled for a foul on Utah’s Alec Burks.
In making his case to the referee, Wade exaggerated the already exaggerated head fake Burks used to draw the call. But the Miami veteran might have himself to blame after all.
“Something I learned from him, basically,” Burks said of selling the foul with a head jerk. “It worked.”
An answered prayer
Richard Jefferson was on his knees after scrambling for a loose ball late in the fourth quarter against the Heat. With the clock winding down, the Jazz forward was thankful he didn’t have to take the shot from his knees.
“I saw [Gordon Hayward] first and luckily Marvin [Williams] came over,” Jefferson said. “I don’t know if I was going to be able to take that shot. From there, I would have had to heave it. That’s not really in my game. I don’t have trick shots like that. … So thank God Marvin came over.”