Kyle Korver calls for more urgency from Jazz after going down 0-2 vs. Rockets
The Utah Jazz have lost the first two games of their best-of-seven first round playoff series against the Houston Rockets. They are now in a must-win situation, with Games 3 and 4 being held on their home floor.
In their back-to-back losses, the Jazz didn’t look like the gritty, resilient team that they were in the regular season. They have been blown out in Games 1 and 2 and showed little resistance to the Rockets’ offense despite being one of the better defensive teams in the league.
Jazz forward Kyle Korver told reporters that the team will need to exert more effort on both ends of the floor if they want to have a chance of winning against the Rockets.
“The playoffs [are] a game of mental toughness. We need to walk into the game and show ’em that we’re here and we’re ready to play. We need to bring a higher level of physicality, urgency, all those things,” Korver said, per Eric Walden of The Salt Lake Tribune.
Kyle Korver added that he feels like the Jazz haven’t been able to play their usual game in the first two losses, and that it’s something that should change in Game 3.
“I don’t think we feel good about the first two games — we haven’t played like us; this is not who we are. We have to … have a game where we feel like we play how we’re capable of playing … and then we can live with those results.”
If Utah wants to turn things around, they will need to find a way to show more aggressiveness in the offensive end — something that has been lacking for them in the first two games. They can still make this series against the Rockets a more competitive one, but they should start playing like a playoff team moving forward.
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