If there was any lingering doubt over how Jazz coach Jerry Sloan feels about his team so far, suffice it to say he doesn't like the phrase, "Don't worry, be happy."

He does worry. And he isn't happy.Following a 3-2 road trip last week, Sloan ordered his team off the practice floor Monday at Westminster College. "We came today to practice just to get it over with," said Sloan afterward. "If you're going to compete, you've got to get tougher than that."

Sloan exploded at the team about an hour and 15 minutes after practice began. The team was scrimmaging and players threw the ball away several times, when Sloan called off the practice and sent players home.

"We were throwing the ball all over the gym," said Sloan.

"I'm very concerned about this team and the attitude they seem to have to just be happy," Sloan added.

Monday's practice came after a week of mixed results on the road. The Jazz won games at Dallas, Miami and New York but lost at Orlando and Philadelphia. What all that means, Sloan said, "I really don't know."

"We had a couple of games they (the opponents) could have won and a couple we should have won. It appeared to me we were a little satisfied with ourselves when we went into Philadlephia."

Sloan continued, "People tell you, `Well, you had a good road trip.' Well, how good was it? It's easy to fall into a rut of just being happy. We'd get a four- or five-point lead and get happy we played well."

Jazz forward David Benoit, who missed six games with a torn hamstring, will be out at least two more weeks, a team publicist said.

Benoit was out the entire Eastern road trip last week but said Monday that bleeding has resumed in the hamstring.

If he does miss two more weeks, that means he won't be back in the Jazz lineup before the Dec. 6 game in the Delta Center against New York. Before then, the Jazz have games against Houston, New Jersey, Phoenix, Denver, Indiana and Charlotte.

One thing is obvious about the Jazz defense: teams are lining up at the 3-point line.

In the last four games, opposing teams have put up 58 treys against the Jazz, making 24 (.410). Before New York's deplorable 0-13 performance from outside, the previous three teams - Orlando, Miami and Philadelphia - made 24 of 45 (.530).

But Sloan is quick to point out that 3-point shooting isn't all a matter of guards not working on defense. "It's easy to attack with the 3-pointer when you're not doing a good job with the big people keeping them off the blocks," said Sloan. "If you don't push them off the blocks and shorten the distance between the defense and the shooters, nobody can guard them."