It was a little less than a month ago when it was thought C.J. Miles had arrived.
The Jazz swingman had just dropped 40 points on the Minnesota Timberwolves, needing only 18 shots. He looked smooth, explosive and confident. It appeared that Utah's lengthy investment in him had finally started to pay off.
On Friday, at an early morning practice, Miles is clearly not the same player. Now he's thinking too much, wondering if every shot is a good one. Now he's unsure of his role, and there's at least the question of whether he'll be back next season, as the Jazz hold his team option and haven't hinted one way or the other whether they'll use it.
"Sometimes, I worry about shooting too much," Miles said. "I think too much out there. It's a little frustrating, but I'm just trying to play well and finish the season strong."
Even with that mission statement, the numbers on Miles during the past three games are stunningly poor for an NBA starter. In Thursday night's loss to Portland, he went 3 of 11 from the field on his way to six points.
In the past three games, Miles is a combined 8 of 32 from the floor and 0 of 7 from 3-point land. More discouraging is the fact that his floor game has suffered as well. Miles has seven turnovers, four assists and just two rebounds.
It's that kind of inconsistency that's plagued him his entire career. He'll have a few games in which he plays great and gives a hint as to his talent. Then he'll turn around and play like he has during the past week.
"Consistency is his thing," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "Not only on the offensive end. He's got to play defense, he's got to make plays off the dribble and do other things on the floor to be effective."
Will Weaver remain?
The Jazz are down to just 10 active players and have only nine healthy ones center Francisco Elson isn't 100 percent but guard Kyle Weaver is unsure if he will end his season here.
The Jazz signed him to a 10-day contract last Thursday. The deal expires Sunday, which bridges Utah's two upcoming road games.
Corbin said he doesn't know whether Weaver will receive a second 10-day.
Raja Bell, Andrei Kirilenko, Kyrylo Fesenko and Ronnie Price will miss Utah's upcoming two-game road trip to San Antonio and New Orleans with various injuries.
Brian T. Smith contributed to this report.