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Utah Jazz: Burke struggles, but Jazz win summer league debut
Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) goes up for a shot between Miami Heat guard D.J. Kennedy, left, and Eric Griffin (66) during the first half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) sets up for a shot during the first half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
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Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke is undergoing surgery on a broken finger on his shooting hand, the team announced Monday.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) runs up the court as guard Trey Burke follows behind with the ball during the first half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke, right, puts up a shot in front of Miami Heat guard D.J. Kennedy during the first half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (33) drives past Miami Heat guard Myck Kabongo, second from right, as Eric Griffin (66) and Rudy Gobert (27) trail the play during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, right, sets up for a shot in front of Miami Heat center Jarvis Varnado during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) puts up a shot between Miami Heat center Jarvis Varnado, left, and D.J. Kennedy (58) during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz coach Michael Sanders, right, instructs Chris Roberts (58), Rudy Gobert (27), Trey Burke, center, and Jeremy Evans (40) during a timeout in the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks sits behind the bench with ice on his foot during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans (40) collides with Miami Heat center Dewayne Dedmon, while going up for a shot, during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans (40) puts up a shot in front of Miami Heat forward Jackie Carmichael (72) during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Rodney Green (68) puts up a shot in front of Miami Heat center Dewayne Dedmon (71) during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Dionte Christmas (60) passes the ball in front of Miami Heat guard Ian Clark, left, during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) sets up for a foul shot during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz forward James Mays (72) sets up for a foul shot during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz forward James Mays (72) is fouled by Miami Heat center Jarvis Varnado, while going up for a shot, during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Chris Roberts (58) dunks the ball in front of Miami Heat center Jarvis Varnado, right, during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans (40) and Chris Roberts (58) run off the court during a timeout in the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Chris Roberts (58) runs off the court during a timeout in the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobet takes a break on the bench during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke pushes the ball up the court the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz center Rasid Mahalbasic (94) runs up the court during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert slaps the ball away from Miami Heat guard Myck Kabongo, right, during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (33) puts up a shot in front of Miami Heat guard Ian Clark (59) during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Dionte Christmas (60) puts up a shot during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert, left, collides with Miami Heat guard Myck Kabongo (42) during the first half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (33) pushes the ball up the court during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke, center, gains control of a loose ball in front of Miami Heat guard forward James Ennis, left, during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) attempts a free throw during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)
Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans gets set for a play during the second half of an NBA Orlando Pro Summer League game against the Miami Heat in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, July 7, 2013. (Special to the Tribune/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Orlando, Fla. • Trey Burke was out of sorts for much of his professional debut, a 69-59 win over the Miami Heat at the Orlando Pro Summer League.

His shots were blocked, his bounce passes bounced off feet and, in what is the real killer for a 6-foot point guard, he looked slow.

The good news for the Jazz is that this is the Orlando Pro Summer League, where young players come to learn the NBA game. Burke, the No. 9 pick who the Jazz acquired in a draft-day trade, said he was jittery before the first game, but didn’t use that as a crutch for his 1-for-12 shooting performance.

“There’s no excuse for that,” Burke said. “I think my shot will fall, that’s all about just staying confident in my shot, and I think I’ve got to feel comfortable.”

Where Burke struggled shooting, he made up for it by being balanced: He tallied 8 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and just 2 turnovers.

He was matched against former Texas guard Myck Kabongo, who acknowledged the difference between college and the NBA game, even if it’s just summer league.

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“Anytime you make that transition,” said Kabongo, who finished with 3 points and was 0-for-4 from the field, “there’s going to be that jump. Everyone’s good at basketball, it’s no secret, you just got to compete.”

The Jazz drafted Burke to be the fifth piece of their young core. The level of expectation on the Columbus, Ohio, native means every move will be scrutinized by a fan base desperate for success from the point guard. Burke had just one week to work with his new coaches and teammates at a minicamp in Orlando, but games like Sunday could lead to panic.

If there was a message from the Jazz contingent at Amway Center after the prized rookie’s first appearance, it was this: The new kid will be just fine.

“I think it’s good to get that first one out of the way,” said Jazz swingman Gordon Hayward, who is with the team to observe but is not playing. “[He] didn’t shoot the ball extremely well. ... You can see when he’s out there, he’s calm, It didn’t seem like he got rattled too much, and that’s definitely a good sign.”

In a rebuild, Burke will get every opportunity to assert himself as the point guard of the future. Sunday was a gentle reminder that getting to the future requires growing and that with growing comes pains.

An area where Burke looked NBA-ready on Sunday was working and communicating with his teammates. Burke, known for his leadership at the University of Michigan, spent much of the game coaching and advising roster hopefuls such as Rasid Mahalbasic and Dionte Christmas.

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Jazz vs. Rockets

Orlando Pro Summer League, Tuesday, 1 p.m.

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Jazz 69, Heat 59

The Utah Jazz defeat Miami in their 2013 debut at the Orlando Pro Summer League.

» Rookie Trey Burke scores 8 points on 1-for-12 shooting, and adds 7 rebounds and 5 assists.

» Rudy Gobert scores 6 points and blocks 3 shots.

» Alec Burks scores 10 points before leaving game with and ankle sprain.

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