Snyder still feeling good about Jazz despite 3 straight losses

first_img Utah Jazz game analysis and highlights: Why the Jazz ran out of gas Horrible start dooms Jazz in third loss in three games of road trip Related If we don’t win it, our losing streak extends, but I don’t want to look at it that way. I want to look at it like a team that’s focused on getting better. – Quin SnyderATLANTA — After a promising 4-2 start to the season, the Utah Jazz have lost three straight games, the latest a 102-93 defeat to the Orlando Magic Friday night at the Amway Center.Just don’t call it a three-game losing streak, even if it is.Coach Quin Snyder took umbrage to the term “losing streak” when it was mentioned by a reporter after Friday’s loss“I can’t even go that we’re on a losing streak when we’ve played the last couple of games without Rudy and we lost to Cleveland in a one-possession game and lost to Miami in a one-possession game,’’ Snyder said. “It’s a losing streak for sure … but I’m not going to be despondent about these games, I just won’t do it.”Snyder was feeling a little defensive because his team came close to winning the first two games of the road trip at Cleveland and Miami, against two of the better teams in the Eastern Conference. Friday’s loss was never close, but the Jazz were playing without starters Rudy Gobert and Rodney Hood and on the second night of a back-to-back.“That doesn’t mean I don’t want to win more than anyone, but to characterize these last three games as a losing streak — it’s correctly characterized as a losing streak, absolutely, we’ve lost — but that implies a sky-is-falling, woe-is-me, and I’m not for feeling sorry for ourselves.’’Before the four-game road trip, the Orlando game looked to be the most winnable, since the Magic have been down for a few years. But this year’s Magic team under Scott Skiles is .500 at the latest time since the 2011-12 season, and they took it to the Jazz right from the start, building up a 22-point lead early in the second quarter.It doesn’t get easier for the Jazz, who face Atlanta Sunday at 4 p.m. MST at the Phillips Arena.The Hawks with former Jazzmen Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver lead the Central Division at 8-3 and may be extra motivated after losing to Boston 106-93 Friday night.In that game, the Hawks only shot 30 percent from 3-point range (6 of 20), were outrebounded 50-35 and had 16 turnovers, including six by Millsap.“We’re going to have another chance against Atlanta, and they’re really, really good and it’s going to be hard, hard, hard for us to win that game,’’ said Snyder. “If we don’t win it, our losing streak extends, but I don’t want to look at it that way. I want to look at it like a team that’s focused on getting better and we’ve got to keep doing that and sometimes if we have to lose to do that, it’s painful, but hopefully it can result in us being better.’’It is not known yet if the Jazz will have Gobert or Hood for Sunday’s game. Gobert would look likely since he got taped up and warmed up for a few minutes before Friday’s game before deciding he wasn’t able to go.For Hood, the hope is that his “right foot soreness” that kept him out Friday isn’t a repeat of last season when he missed 32 of 82 games, mostly due to injuries to one of his feet.The Jazz went with rookie Trey Lyles in Gobert’s place, with Derrick Favors moving over to the five spot, while Alec Burks started in Hood’s place at Orlando. Both Favors and Burks struggled at Orlando after playing well the previous night as Favors scored just five points with seven rebounds with foul trouble in 19 minutes, while Burks was 2 for 13 from the field for 11 points with two rebounds and an assist.After Sunday’s game, the Jazz return home for a home game Wednesday against Toronto before going to Dallas Friday night. Jazz among NBA’s slowest teams, but that’s OK with coachlast_img

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