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Jazz's Devin Harris soars, teammates sing his praises

Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin on Harris' past four games: He's feeling out his teammates. He's feeing out us as a coaching staff, with what we're trying to get him to do. He's getting more and more comfortable of seeing things and what we can do with it; use his ability to get on top of the basket; shots when he plays inside-out and being ready to take the shot. He's continued to get better. And we're going to need him to continue to grow for us to have chance at the end of the year.

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Al Jefferson on the Jazz's energy: I think it was all Devin. Devin attacked. He was a one-man fast break tonight. We got behind him. … He set the tone from the beginning, especially after the first quarter.

Harris driving the Jazz: … The last couple games, he been really stepping up and attacking the basket. So when he doing it like that, that's going to really get us going.

Earl Watson on Harris: He's no longer thinking the game, he's just playing it and dictating the pace. And with him pushing the ball — when he pushes the ball, it creates everything else for him. It creates a rhythm. And he's finding that and he's being really effective in transition. And the more he does it, 3 balls starting to fall because he's finding his game. … No training camp, he gets traded at the end of the season, a shortened season. Point guard is like bringing in a quarterback at the end of the year, then you have an NFL lockout, and then you get throw in. He's going to take time to find his rhythm.

C.J. Miles on Harris: When he's assertive like that, man, he gets up and down that floor and he's aggressive. I mean, it might not be scoring. But when he attacks you like you're going to score, it makes you like you have to help and it opens it up so much. And it gets him into the game even more — he's as good as anybody getting from coast to coast with that basketball. And he jokes about it all the time. He's getting older and he can't do that. … That's what I'm saying: 3.9, so 4.2 isn't slow to me, I'm just saying. And you can see him getting the outlet pass and three dribbles, he's inside the paint on our end. So that helps tremendously, because it gets guys running and gets guys moving. Even if he doesn't get a layup, he gets into the play with 20 seconds on the clock.

Watson said Jefferson was the unsung hero for the Jazz, anchoring the team's defense and being very vocal.

"That's the most vocal I've ever heard him since I've been here and it helped us out completely on pick-and-rolls," Watson said. "Everyone's finding their niche on defense. And he's there, he's showing, he's helping, he's talking. And if it's not working, we're talking and communicating and figuring out."

Brian T. Smith

Twitter: @tribjazz



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