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Utah Jazz place importance on knowing where they stand

Published January 19, 2013 7:17 pm

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Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin apparently believes in keeping his players informed.

On a whiteboard in the team's locker room, Corbin posts the up-to-date Western Conference standings so the Jazz can see exactly where they sit.

Heading into Saturday night's game against Cleveland at EnergySolutions Arena, Utah was seventh in the West.

"You have to know where you are," Corbin said. "... The more aware of where you are as a team, the more you have an understanding of how important every game is."

There is a psychological aspect of posting the standings, too.

"Sometimes you may lose by a [big] number and think it's the end of the world," Corbin said. "But it's one loss.

"You might also win a couple in a row and think you're on the top of the world and think you have some space. But everybody's still right next to you."

Miles says Cleveland will improve

C.J. Miles spent his first seven seasons in Utah before signing with Cleveland last summer.

The Cavs are on pace to win only 20 games, but Miles insists things will improve in the second half of the season.

"It doesn't show in the win column," he said, "but we are definitely getting better and definitely making strides. It's just going to take a little time and a little bit of work. And a little work never hurt anybody."

Point guard Kyrie Irving will be the key to any jump the Cavaliers can make in the standings.

"He makes the game easy for guys ... because of everything he does on the floor," Miles said. "He does it so well — he draws a lot of attention, and we all benefit from that."

Halfway point

The Jazz hit the halfway point of the season with their game against the Cavaliers. They have 41 games remaining — 24 at home and 17 on the road.

According to Corbin, the first half has given young players like Enes Kanter, Alec Burks and Derrick Favors the chance to learn a valuable lesson.

"I think they understand the sense of urgency of where we are," Corbin explained. "They understand the huge impact that one play can have on a game.

"You make a mistake and might think, 'Ah, it's just one mistake.' But it can be a huge play, and I think they are focusing on the little parts of the game."