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Jazz guard C.J. Miles speaks with the media following Utah's 110-99 road defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday.Miles on what he sees troubling Utah: "We're not hitting people no more. We're not hitting people on either end. Guys kind of get a running start and we don't really try to change their paths. We let them run through the paint a little bit as far as guards, too, not just big guys. And, offensively, we don't hit anybody. We don't screen. Our shots are becoming longer and longer. Because we're not screening, the guys coming off the screens have to take a longer path to the ball. And then we end up with Deron dribbling the ball at the top of the key in the pick and roll or whoever has the ball, into a pick and roll instead of getting our sets. When we screen, we get guys in the position they're supposed to be in. But even if we don't get the play that we're initially running, we get something off it, because we did the right thing. That's just how it's going right now. Everything's ending up long jump shots. Stagnant. Or throwing into the post, and they're 15 feet from the basket when they catch it in the post."Is the team playing casual or overconfident: "It's definitely not overconfident. … Overconfident is not the casual we're looking at. The casual we're looking at is just coming out, kinda, 'What do I do?' Or, 'How do I get through it?' sometimes. And when we play like that, we're not a one-on-one team where everything can break apart and we have five different guys who can get the ball so they can do that. That's not the way we play. Deron does it. Paul and Al can do it on the block some. But we can't play a whole game like that. Our team is built for [the system]. Even that second group, even though we run a lot, but it's off of defense and it's layups. It's not guys pounding the ball until the shot clock goes down and try to break stuff down."Is there too much one-on-one play going on: "It's not plays being broke. It's because it has to be. It's because we're not executing, so we have to just give it to somebody and let them try to go. It's not so much just guys just breaking plays and taking shots. It's just because of the way we're running our plays, everything just ends up with a guy having to go one-on-one because we didn't run what we were trying to run." Brian T. SmithTwitter: tribjazz