Utah Jazz notes: Dallas poses another big problem for Jazz
NBA • They’re more potent than Warriors, who walloped the Jazz.
Published: April 7, 2014 04:40PM
Updated: April 7, 2014 11:18PM
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Jeremy Harmon | The Salt Lake Tribune Utah's Paul Millsap drives around Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki as the Jazz host the Mavericks at EnergySolutions Arena Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012 in Salt Lake City.

Things don’t get any easier for the struggling Jazz.

Coming off a 130-102 loss at Golden State, Utah returns to EnergySolutions Arena on Tuesday and plays Dallas, which is better offensively than the Warriors.

The Mavericks rank eighth in the NBA in scoring (105.1) and shoot 38.5 percent from the 3-point line.

Considering how Golden State shredded the Jazz’s defense, the task of slowing down Dallas seems daunting.

Utah was within 10 early in the third quarter against the Warriors before collapsing.

“I don’t want us to ever feel sorry for ourselves,” said coach Tyrone Corbin. “The third quarter, we just didn’t come out like I thought we would. I thought we’d come out with a little more juice. But they made a run and we just didn’t respond.”

Klay Thompson scored 33 points and Stephen Curry added 31 to lead Golden State.

According to Warrior coach Mark Jackson, Curry almost didn’t play because of illness.

“The funny thing is the guy was sick, drained, …” Jackson said. “In the pregame meeting, I asked him if he was fine and he said, ‘I’ll see how it feels.’ He was laid out on the training table. [But] the guy is a professional and a great, great competitor with a tremendous edge to his game.”

Goodbye, Biedrins

To get a look at newly signed forward Erik Murphy, the Jazz waived veteran center Andris Biedrins.

Acquired from Golden State last summer, Biedrins played only six games this season — none since Dec. 16.

In a total of 45 minutes, he scored three points and grabbed 17 rebounds.

“He was great,” said Corbin. “He’s a great guy to have. He was great about the situation he was in. He was coming off a couple of years when he didn’t play much and lost some confidence. But he came in with an open mind and in great shape. We just didn’t get an opportunity to get him on the floor a lot with the guys we have.”

Biedrins played behind Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and rookie Rudy Gobert in Utah’s rotation at center.

“It’s just kind of where we are,” Corbin said. “Early on, he was a veteran guy. But our mission all along was to play the young guys more.”

Burke Shines

Lost in Utah’s beatdown at Golden State was an outstanding offensive performance by rookie Trey Burke.

He finished with 24 points and 15 assists in 40 minutes of playing time.

Burke was in the game in the final minutes, even though Corbin had pulled his other starters.

Asked about the leadership Burke demonstrated, Corbin said, “That’s why I left him out there, to make sure he understands that even when you’re not playing your best and your team’s not playing their best, they’ll follow the point guard’s lead.

“You have to keep pushing and I thought he did a good job of just continuing to play it all the way out. ... I liked the way he fought back and continued to stand in there and fight.”

Briefly

Marvin Williams did not practice Monday because of knee inflammation. He will be a game-time decision against Dallas. ... Alec Burks went 14-for-16 from the free-throw line against Golden State and finished with 24 points. “That is just how I play,” he said. “I play aggressive and I attack a lot. That is how I have been playing all of my life. I’m going to keep doing what I know.”