Things don’t get any easier for the struggling Jazz.
Coming off a 130-102 loss at Golden State, Utah returns to EnergySolutions Arena on Tuesday and plays Dallas, which is better offensively than the Warriors.
The Mavericks rank eighth in the NBA in scoring (105.1) and shoot 38.5 percent from the 3-point line.
Considering how Golden State shredded the Jazz’s defense, the task of slowing down Dallas seems daunting.
Utah was within 10 early in the third quarter against the Warriors before collapsing.
"I don’t want us to ever feel sorry for ourselves," said coach Tyrone Corbin. "The third quarter, we just didn’t come out like I thought we would. I thought we’d come out with a little more juice. But they made a run and we just didn’t respond."
Klay Thompson scored 33 points and Stephen Curry added 31 to lead Golden State.
According to Warrior coach Mark Jackson, Curry almost didn’t play because of illness.
"The funny thing is the guy was sick, drained, …" Jackson said. "In the pregame meeting, I asked him if he was fine and he said, ‘I’ll see how it feels.’ He was laid out on the training table. [But] the guy is a professional and a great, great competitor with a tremendous edge to his game."
To get a look at newly signed forward Erik Murphy, the Jazz waived veteran center Andris Biedrins.
Acquired from Golden State last summer, Biedrins played only six games this season — none since Dec. 16.
In a total of 45 minutes, he scored three points and grabbed 17 rebounds.
"He was great," said Corbin. "He’s a great guy to have. He was great about the situation he was in. He was coming off a couple of years when he didn’t play much and lost some confidence. But he came in with an open mind and in great shape. We just didn’t get an opportunity to get him on the floor a lot with the guys we have."
Biedrins played behind Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and rookie Rudy Gobert in Utah’s rotation at center.
"It’s just kind of where we are," Corbin said. "Early on, he was a veteran guy. But our mission all along was to play the young guys more."
Lost in Utah’s beatdown at Golden State was an outstanding offensive performance by rookie Trey Burke.
He finished with 24 points and 15 assists in 40 minutes of playing time.Next Page >
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