Deron Williams Worried About Jazz Missing the Playoffs?
DWill is not a happy camper these days, and despite Utah currently sitting in 4th place in the Western Conference, he has grave concerns about their play against good teams. The Salt Lake Tribune reports: “The first major, visible cracks in the Jazz’s armor appeared Wednesday night. Guards Raja Bell and Deron Williams pointed them out. As did coach Jerry Sloan and veteran center Francisco Elson, after a 110-87 blowout defeat by the Atlanta Hawks at EnergySolutions Arena before a sellout crowd of 19,911. The humbling loss was characterized by everything that has plagued an up-and-down Utah team this season that leads the Northwest Division by one game but has at times appeared absolutely uninterested in meeting its own high expectations. And it was highlighted by yet another slow start, an obvious lack of energy and a soft approach to a tough game … Williams asserted last week that Utah was not as good as its record, with a series of thrilling comeback victories covering up major holes. Wednesday he went further, acknowledging that the Jazz are not making enough long-term progress as the season approaches a midway point. ‘Obviously we’re struggling, then,’ said Williams, when asked about Utah’s mark against winning clubs. ‘We’re not beating the caliber of teams that we’re going to be playing in the playoffs — if we get to the playoffs.’”