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News » Price and Williams stars of scrimmage


Price and Williams stars of scrimmage


Price and Williams stars of scrimmage Forget the dance teams, the dunk teams, the Bear's acrobatics and all the fan-friendly events that were part of the Utah Jazz's free intra-squad scrimmage Tuesday night at Energy Solutions Arena.

Ronnie Price stole the show.

Price started alongside Deron Williams in the backcourt and led the Blue team to an easy 70-46 victory over the Whites in front of 6,500 enthusiastic fans.

Price finished with 10 points, five assists and three rebounds as the Blues broke away from a 32-32 tie at intermission in a game that included two 12-minute halves.

Asked about Price, assistant coach Tyrone Corbin said, "Oh my goodness. I'll tell you what. He's been great all camp. He came in in tremendous shape and a little more comfortable than last year. ... He's been busting his butt, so it's not surprising to me he's having great success."

Assistant coach Scott Layden agreed.

"I thought Ronnie Price played very well," he said. "His energy was fantastic. It reminded me of the way he finished last season. ...

"I'm his biggest fan. His energy and his approach to the game, it's refreshing and encouraging and infectious to the rest of the group."

Price signed a two-year, $2.6 million contract last summer, after he played exceptionally well in Game 5 of the Jazz's first-round playoff loss to the L.A. Lakers.

"I tried to work as hard as I could in the offseason, but also keep a clear mind about everything," Price said. "This year, I want to play as relaxed as possible on the court and bring a relaxed mentality to the game and see how it works out."

Losing to the Lakers in five games has provided Price and his teammates with extra incentive.

"It made it so you didn't want to have an offseason," he said. "... You wanted to start working immediately and get right back into the swing of things. I know all the other guys feel the same way I do. We're looking forward to playing the Lakers and looking forward to the season."

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Also starring ...

Williams also starred in the scrimmage.

He finished with a game-high 14 points and led the Blues in the second half, when they outscored the White team, 38-14.

"When Deron started to play [well], we were a completely different ball club," Corbin said. "He really picked it up."

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Food drive

The Jazz will sponsor a community food drive today from 1-3 p.m. at the Utah Food Bank which is located at 3150 South 900 West. Persons donating a grocery bag full of food will receive a ticket to Thursday night's preseason game against Portland.

luhm@sltrib.com


Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 15, 2009

 

 
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