"I'm just trying to work to get better," said Harris, before a game Friday against the Dallas Mavericks. "Obviously, I can't be happy with the way I've been performing lately. I'm just focusing on being effective. They want me to push the ball more; I've got to play more in transition. And that's what I'm trying to focus on doing."
After recently struggling through the worst stretch of his 33-game run with Utah, Harris bounced back to score 24 points on 8-of-12 shooting and dish out six assists Wednesday during a home loss to Toronto. He was just as speedy during the first half against the Mavericks, scoring 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting and drilling two 3-pointers.
Still, Harris knows he's yet to hit full gear with the Jazz.
"It's a work in progress," he said. "But hopefully we made strides with the [Raptors]."
Jazz center Al Jefferson (inflamed right ankle) and guard Raja Bell (sore right knee, sore back) walked off the court after a Friday morning shootaround as game-time decisions. But both suited up, even though Jefferson acknowledged he was not 100 percent.
"It's pain, but I can deal with it," he said.
Corbin joked that, as a player, he felt unrecognized just like Jazz forward Paul Millsap. … Utah and several of its players are orchestrating a grass-roots effort to get forward Jeremy Evans invited to the 2012 NBA All-Star dunk contest. … Corbin said he can envision rookie guard Alec Burks becoming a lockdown defender in the NBA once the No. 12 overall pick in the 2011 draft learns how to better use his body against defenders.
Kings at Jazz
P At EnergySolutions Arena
Tipoff • Saturday, 7 p.m.
TV • ROOT Sports, NBA TV
Radio • 1320 AM, 1600 AM, 98.7 FM
Records • Kings 6-13, Jazz 10-7
Last meeting • Kings, 106-97 (April 3, 2011)
About the Kings • Sacramento has lost seven of 10 and three consecutive contests. … Kings leading scorer Marcus Thornton is out with a bruised left thigh. … Second-year forward DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 14.7 points and 11 rebounds. … Only three Kings players are averaging double-figures in scoring, but 10 are averaging at least 5.6.
About the Jazz • Utah had moved up to fifth in the NBA out of 30 teams in rebounding (43.5) and was ninth in scoring (96.8) heading into a game Friday at Dallas. … The Jazz had lost two of three before Friday's contest by a combined eight points. … Earl Watson entered Friday leading the team in assists (4.8).