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News » Utah Jazz Getting Inside 2009-11-13

Utah Jazz Getting Inside 2009-11-13

Utah Jazz Getting Inside 2009-11-13If there was any positive for the Jazz coming out of their 105-86 loss to the Celtics, it was this: They might have gotten outclassed on the court Wednesday, but at least they did have Deron Williams in the lineup.

Williams was able to play despite battling a strained back suffered in Monday's victory over New York. Williams said his back had gotten worse at the morning shoot-around but was able to play thanks to a two-hour session with a chiropractor.

He finished with 13 points, seven rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes, coming out for less than three minutes in the first half before sitting the entire fourth quarter with the game all but decided.

"I felt pretty good, once I got in there and got loosened up," Williams said. "Once I sit, it stiffens up. It felt pretty good, compared to where I was this morning."

His words after the game were caustic, with Williams blasting the Jazz as "soft" and posting a message on his Twitter account saying, "We got to change something because what we doing ain't working right now!"

Jazz coach Jerry Sloan appeared to come to the same conclusion early in the third quarter of Wednesday's game. Not even four minutes into the second half, Sloan benched both Carlos Boozer and Mehmet Okur for Kyrylo Fesenko and Paul Millsap. The Celtics scored 14 points in the first four minutes of the first half as well as 15 points in the first four minutes of the second half against the Jazz and the frontcourt of Boozer and Okur, often criticized for their lack of defensive intimidation.

Sloan said afterward that he was upset at Boozer and Okur's lack of rebounding -- they grabbed a combined five in the game -- as well as the jumpers they were taking.

CELTICS 105, JAZZ 86: The Celtics had seven players score in double-figures, led by Kevin Garnett with 18 on 7-for-10 shooting, and built a 22-point lead by the end of the third quarter. None of the Celtics starters played more than 32 minutes in the game. The Jazz committed 21 turnovers, which the Celtics converted into 25 points.

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