Oakland, Calif. — Postgame wrap following the Jazz's 88-87 win against the Warriors on Saturday at Oracle Arena.
Tyrone Corbin on sticking with Raja Bell and what he still brings to the Jazz: You know what, man? He's a tough guy and he's a pro, and he's going to do whatever it takes to help the team win. And that's what I respect about him. Even if his shot's not falling. And people don't understand his value and I really understand his value to this team and how he can help us win. He's done a tremendous job for us.
Jazz don't down Warriors if they don't stick together; multiple Utah players contributing: Oh, absoutely. That's what we've been talking about from Day One. As long as we stay together and depend on each other and support each other and talk and communicate, and encourage the guys who struggle and encourage the guys who made a good thing happen for us, we've got a great chance. And tonight is a prime example. If we just stay together, man, things will work out for us.
Bell on defending Monta Ellis' last-second shot: [Sidney Lowe] told me to shade him to his right a little bit; Jeff [Hornacek] made sure I knew we had a foul. So, you play the percentages. What he can still contribute to the Jazz: I'll contribute any way I can. Whatever capacity is asked, I'll do my best to contribute that way. … I always know I can count on playing defense and bringing energy.
Bell said the game's up-tempo pace "afforded me some offensive looks." He scored a season-high nine points on 3-of-6 shooting and was more involved in Utah's offense than during past games. While the issues Bell discussed earlier this week still remain, Corbin has stuck with the veteran guard and Bell's responded by playing his best two games of the season during Utah's last two wins.
Bell on the Jazz's blend of youth and veterans: We have a unique blend of players. That's [Tyrone Corbin's] challenge is to find minutes and opportunities for everybody, and find the chemistry that's going to work the best. In a 66-game season that's shortened, having that type of depth and youth is a good thing if we can figure out the chemistry and what works the best.
Many Utah players accepting they might play 15 minutes per game: It's your job, so — it is tough. Look: We're creatures of habit, everyone is. It's nice to know what your rotation is and when you're coming in. But that's not always the case. And so you have to be able to adjust and be able to make the most of what's given to you when it's given to you. It can be a challenge but you have to figure out how to do it.
What's helped turn Jazz around: It was early. I said going in we all kind of felt like we didn't know where we were; we didn't have any kind of measuring stick to know where we were. We found out really early that we hadn't paid enough attention to detail and we weren't playing hard enough and we weren't sharing the ball like we should. It took getting blown out a couple times for us to figure that out. And I think we've done a much better job with all of those things as of late.
Him and Gordon Hayward finally getting in rhythm: When you have five guys on the floor, ideally you want to find out how to get everybody involved, because that just makes more points on the board. Tonight was good because we got in transition. … When we can contribute and help Paul [Millsap] and Al [Jefferson] and Devin [Harris] and those guys carry the load, it just becomes a little lighter for them.
Home-heavy schedule: We need to take advantage of that from a lot of different aspects. Winning, getting the type of rest you need, enjoying your family and getting your fill of them, because it's going to come back to bite you at some point. … Really win at home and take care of that, so we can maybe stockpile some. So when it's time to go out on the road, we're already up.
Assistant coach Jeff Hornacek working with Hayward during pregame shooting drills: "G-Man has confidence."
Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors put in good pregame work with player development coach Mike Sanders. Kanter showed off an impressive 18-foot jump shoot from the wing and baseline, displaying a soft touch and high arc.
Assistant coach Sidney Lowe talked with C.J. Miles for about 10 minutes during warmups. Miles played just 4:19 against the Warriors and didn't take the court during the fourth quarter. He ended the game scoreless on three attempts and has played just 13 combined minutes during Utah's last two wins.
Another positive sign for Josh Howard: He spent more time (9:57) on the court than any Jazz player during a decisive fourth quarter. After running youngsters Alec Burks, Kanter and Favors in a second unit that never fully clicked Saturday, Corbin relied on five veterans and Hayward to pull Utah through. Harris, Millsap, Jefferson, Hayward and Howard played at least 8:26 during the fourth quarter, while Bell closed the game on Ellis.
Another Jazz win with key contributions from Favors and Kanter, who combined for 18 points and 17 rebounds. Favors recorded his second double-double of the season with an efficient 12-10 outing in 25:32.
The Jazz committed just nine turnovers and dished out 25 assists on 32 made field goals.
Harris recorded a game-high eight assists and only shot the ball six times in 30:48.
Harris wanted to know postgame if Detroit beat New Orleans in the NFL Playoffs. Bell said he thought the score was close at the end but wasn't sure.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson: I told the guys you think that the game was won or lost by Monta Ellis' runner, but that's not basketball. We didn't execute two 2-on-1 fast breaks. We didn't close out possessions defensively and we didn't gang rebound and we allowed them second-shot opportunities.
Ellis driving too late on his final attempt: That's his read. My only concern in that situation is that they had a foul to give. But once he realized they were playing straight defense, I can't be upset with that. He got a great look. The guy is doing everything I ask him to do on both sides of the basketball and he has the ball in his hands and gets a quality look. It's just a touch bounce.
The Warriors scored 21 points or less during three of four quarters.
Strong shooting night by Brandon Rush (14 points, 5 of 7 from the field, 4 of 6 beyond the arc).
David Lee was his normal stellar self (13 points, 15 rebounds in 41:32) and a voice of basketball reason on a team that fell apart down the stretch, watching a 77-70 lead with 7:45 to go slip away.
Little production from starters Dorell Wright and Charles Jenkins (five combined points on 2-of-6 shooting).
Klay Thompson (two points on 1-of-6 shooting in 22:30) never looked comfortable.
Good crowd and good fans at Oracle Arena.
The Bay Area was awesome.
Kwame Brown was Kwame Brown.
Brian T. Smith
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