POINT 1: It was obvious by the way he bristled that Tyrone Corbin wasn’t fond of a reporter’s question after Friday’s loss.
The gist of the inquiry was whether or not the suddenly slumping Jazz feel like they might have come back to reality.
“What’s the reality?” Corbin asked with a perturbed tone.
Utah’s record has dropped after suffering three losses in four games, it was pointed out.
“We’re a 10-7 team,” Corbin said. “We’re going to fight for everything we get, and that’s the way it’s going to be. We expected that right from the beginning.”
POINT 2: One thing Corbin did appreciate was that Al Jefferson and Raja Bell played through injuries.
Say what you will about their performances — 19 points for Big Al, and eight for Bell — but Corbin thought it spoke volumes about their commitment that they were willing to tough it out.
Both played significant minutes, with Jefferson logging 29:23 and Bell going for 27:28.
At times it was obvious, especially when he walked, that Jefferson’s ankle bothered him.
“It could’ve been a lot better,” he said. “But it felt all right.”
Bell removed a back-support wrap early in the game, and liked how his body responded.
“I felt all right,” he said. “I was a little tight at shooatround (Friday) morning, but I loosened up nicely.”
POINT 3: The Jazz did a nice job of rallying back into the game in the third quarter, pulling within two before a 6-0 run by the Mavs gave them breathing room heading into the fourth.
Still, Utah was only down four, 88-84, with 10 minutes remaining.
“That’s when our defense should tighten up and be a little bit better,” power forward Paul Millsap said.
But only two minutes later, Dallas was back up again by 12 and the Mavericks pushed the lead to 21 at one point.
That gave Utah its fourth double-digit road loss in only six away games.
“We fought back. We were right there. We just didn’t close the quarter,” said Bell, pointing to the end of the third. “I don’t know if we thought we were back in the ballgame and took the foot off the pedal and thought it was going to seesaw affair after that.”
Millsap chalked it up as another lesson for the Jazz.
“We (are) still learning throughout the process, still learning how to win,” he said. “We’re a young team. We’re still learning that aspect of the game.”