The Jazz's Deron Williams, Raja Bell, C.J. Miles and Jerry Sloan react to Utah's 120-91 road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday.
Williams on continuing a five-game losing streak against the Lakers: It's been frustrating. It thought we'd come out and put together a better effort and we just didn't. They just came for us. We played bad. We couldn't execute. We couldn't get stops against some of the teams with the worst records in the NBA, and then coming to one of the better teams in this league, it got ugly.
Bell on what happened: We just lost our swagger somewhere along the lines. You know, we start pressing, we start trying to do everything so right that it backfires. I think it's a tough way to play.
On the the loss to the Lakers being rock bottom: Yeah, for me it is. We had some people do their job tonight and I was not one of them. And so, for me, it's frustrating. I don't know what to say.
Sloan on how Utah will snap out of its losing streak: I'm not exactly sure. We're going to have to play a lot better and a lot more precise than what we've been doing. Turnovers, stuff like that. Missed assignments on defense; all those things. I don't think we've won a quarter the last three games. That's not a good sign.
Miles on the Lakers and the game: They're aggressive. They go after you. Which is why you see us out there playing like … because they're aggressive. Usually fouls are called when people are aggressive. So, fouls are called, and they're aggressive offensively. That's what they did. They forced everything to the baseline and used their length. They take us out of our plays. They know the plays. They sit on them. They basically play a zone. It's not really man. The guy that's guarding Paul is the only person that's really playing man. Other than that they just zone up and try to take away everything. Try to make you shoot as many jump shots as possible. We came out, we were moving a little bit. Once we started to hit a couple buckets we started to get a flow. But it didn't help that they probably shot 80 percent from the field.
— Brian T. Smith
|1.||Convicted killer Martin MacNeill survives jail suicide attempt|
|2.||Guilt, pain, help and hope — when Mormon missionaries come home early|
|3.||Utah health official bans Gardasil, stirring controversy|
|4.||Terrifying Moab BASE jump crash captured by helmet cam|
|5.||‘Fit Mom’ Maria Kang, not yet over self, claims fatties are out to get her|
|6.||NBA: Portland pummels Utah, 130-98|
|7.||9 Utah cops disciplined, council wonders if it should be more|
|8.||Recipes: 5 all-star holiday cookies from our archives|
|9.||Salt Lake to have hottest housing in the U.S. next year|
|10.||RSL players react to draw|