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Corbin correctly added: "If you’re leaving your best effort out there and a team beats you, you can deal with that, but we could’ve been a little better tonight."
A lot better, on a lot of nights.
"We were a step slow," Marvin Williams said. "We’ve just got to compete. This time of year, guys are tired, guys are hurt, guys are beat up, but you have to go out and compete the best you can."
Richard Jefferson said the losing "sucks," and he listed a few reasons the Jazz are struggling, including a lack of game experience and basketball maturity, but he concluded: "We’re professionals. We have to find a way to play hard every night. … It doesn’t matter if you’re 10 games over .500 or 20 games below. You show up, you work hard every day and do consistently what you know you have to do."
Gordon Hayward said the Jazz "aren’t executing our game plan defensively."
And Trey Burke put it like this: "You come out and lose by 20 to the Pistons, it’s tough. … You don’t want to [let] the losses drive you crazy."
Jefferson said Corbin and his coaches are not giving up, they are "coming in here fired up, ready to go."
But sometimes, it just doesn’t work.
Sometimes, the message, along with the game, is lost. Sometimes, for whatever reason, the physical and the psychological don’t mesh. Sometimes, the melon doesn’t get put back in proper alignment. If the embryonic Jazz are lacking ripened talent, OK. If they are getting straight up beat, OK. If they are lacking effort and energy, that’s not OK. It’s a players’ problem, but it’s more than that. It’s a coaching problem, a problem that must be solved.
GORDON MONSON hosts "The Big Show" with Spence Checketts weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 97.5 FM/1280 and 960 AM The Zone. Twitter: @GordonMonson.
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