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Jazz notebook: Corbin looking for improved effort

Published October 14, 2013 4:23 pm

Jazz notes • Utah off to 1-2 start in preseason.
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In case nobody noticed — given Trey Burke's injury — the Jazz played miserably in a 106-74 loss to the Clippers on Saturday night.

It was Utah's most lopsided exhibition defeat since Oct. 20, 2004, when Phoenix scored a 108-67 victory.

Last year, the Jazz finished 5-3 in the preseason. They lost those three games by 11 points.

"We still have a lot of work to do," coach Tyrone Corbin said Monday. "Our effort the other night against the Clippers ... wasn't really where I thought it would be. I'm not happy with the fight we showed.

"They are a good team. Don't take anything away from the Clippers. They are built to be a championship team this year. But I wanted to see us compete a little more ­— with a little more sense of urgency."

The Jazz are 1-2 in the preseason heading into Wednesday night's game against Portland at EnergySolutions Arena.

Neto? Not now

Burke suffered a fractured finger against the Clippers and will be lost for 2-3 months.

According to general manager Dennis Lindsey, however, the Jazz will not make a run at bringing point guard Raul Neto to Utah this season.

"More than likely, no," Lindsey said.

The Jazz selected Neto in the second round of last June's draft, but he is under contract to Lagun Aro GBC in Spain.

Lindsey says the cost involved in getting Neto to Utah this season is not the "prominent issue."

Instead, it's a case of the Jazz not wanting to raid the Spanish team and lure away "one of their more important players. ... They don't see themselves as a training ground for the NBA."

Free agent waived

The Jazz made their first roster move of the preseason Monday afternoon, when they waived free agent center-forward Dwayne Jones II.

Utah now has 19 players on its training camp roster.

Jones played in one exhibition game for the Jazz. He scored eight points and grabbed four rebounds in only seven minutes in Portland's 96-86 win over Utah last Friday in Boise.

"It's difficult," Corbin said. "I've been in that situation myself as a player — trying to make a team."




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