Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Utah Jazz enter Phoenix with plenty of momentum
NBA » Corbin: ‘It’s a good feeling, but now you have to back it up’
First Published Dec 14 2012 02:11 pm • Last Updated Dec 20 2012 04:38 pm

Phoenix • A four-game winning streak. A fully healthy lineup. Victories over the dominant teams in the Western Conference.

You could forgive the Utah Jazz for walking around US Airways Center with a bit more swagger Friday.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

But the Jazz weren’t about to say anything along those lines following their morning shootaround in advance of Friday’s game against the Suns.

"We’ve won a couple it a row," center Al Jefferson said. "But we’ve just got to keep going."

The Jazz (13-10) beat the rebuilding Suns 94-81 on Nov. 10. Since then, Phoenix (8-15) has been in a tailspin, losing seven straight before beating Memphis on Wednesday.

"They played against some tough opponents on the road," coach Tyrone Corbin said. "So I think their record is a little bit deceiving as far as how good a ball club this is. We can’t afford to take them for granted."

That Corbin has a full lineup at his disposal is an added boost. The Jazz have seen injuries cut down several starters, as well as reserves Derrick Favors and Earl Watson. Favors played 12 minutes Wednesday after missing the previous five games with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

The Jazz are currently enjoying a run in which they are playing their best basketball of the season. They battled back from a multiple deficits to beat San Antonio on a last-second 3-pointer by Mo Williams.

The Jazz spoke in the aftermath of that game about how quickly they have built chemistry, and Corbin said a dramatic victory like Wednesday’s could speed up the process.

"I think it helps," he said. "Instead of one step you might take a step and a half. But it’s temporary. It’s a good feeling and it’s all great, but now you have to back it up. In this league you don’t get a chance to hold on to those things very long."

story continues below
story continues below


Twitter: @tribjazz

Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment

About Reader Comments

Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.