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Los Angeles • Saturday night, for the fifth time in six games, Trey Burke failed to break into double-digit scoring.
His coach is chalking it up to the "rookie wall."
"Trey being a young guy, he just has to figure it out," coach Ty Corbin said. "His body is probably hurting in places he didn't think he had before."
In December, Burke averaged nearly 15 points, six assist and three rebounds a night. Over his last six games, he is averaging 8 points, five assists and two rebounds.
"You go through it, you learn," Corbin said. "Your body, you see things, you feel things. … It takes a couple years to fight through it and learn what you need to do to get yourself ready [for an 82-game season]."
But Corbin isn't worried about his rookie floor general coming out on the other side
"He's resilient," he said.
For a second straight game, Malcolm Thomas, the team's newest addition, saw time on the floor.
"I'm just trying not to be nervous really," he said. "Just go out and play as hard as possible. Run the plays the best I can. Try not to pass up open shots. I did a few times, just kind of over thinking."
Thomas, who played at San Diego State, had a handful of family and friends on hand Saturday with the Jazz in Southern California. None was more important to him than his 4-year-old daughter.
"It's her third time seeing me play with a different team," he said. "She just likes being here."
The Jazz jacked up a franchise-record 30 3-point attempts against the Clippers, connecting on 10.
"We had a lot of late-clock situations. We had to heave some up there the way they were pressuring us," Corbin said, but added that, for the most part, "I don't think we took bad shots."