SALT LAKE CITY — Even though rookie Dante Exum struggled in Monday’s loss to Boston, don’t expect the starting lineup for the Utah Jazz to change heading into Wednesday's game against the Los Angeles Clippers.
“I don’t think I’m usually reactionary,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said when asked if Exum’s rough outing might sway him to alter his starters again.
The 19-year-old rookie missed both of his shots, only had two assists against two turnovers, and saw his team get outscored by 24 points while on the floor during the 99-90 defeat to the Celtics.
“You’re always processing everybody’s performance and what they’re doing as well as the team’s," Snyder said.
"Dante had a better night on film than he did watching him (play live) as far as defensively. We all can play a lot better so I’m not going to focus on that singular decision to me. We just didn’t play well as a group.”
In four starts this season, Exum has averaged 10.3 points and 2.8 assists compared to averages of 4.5 points and 2.1 assists as a reserve in 41 games.
Wednesday marks the beginning of a tough stretch for the Jazz point guards as they’ll face Chris Paul, Steph Curry on Friday, Damian Lillard (Portland), Mike Conley (Memphis) and Goran Dragic (Phoenix) in the next five games.
SO LONG: The Jazz did not re-sign guard Elliot Williams after his second 10-day contract expired Monday. The 6-5 guard saw limited action in five games with the Jazz after being called up from the Santa Cruz Warriors on January 7.
Utah could be signing another D-League prospect to fill its open roster spot. Chris Johnson, a 6-6 swingman who’s playing for Rio Grande Valley and has some NBA experience, might soon join the Jazz, according to an ESPN report.
Earlier this week, the Jazz signed guard Elijah Millsap to a three-year deal after he became a regular part of the rotation following his D-League call-up.
1K for Coach K: Snyder has spent a big chunk of his basketball career either playing for or coaching under Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, who became the first NCAA coach to hit the 1,000-win mark on Sunday.
“It’s partly my fault it took so long,” Snyder joked.
Not too much, though. The Blue Devils made it to three Final Fours while Snyder played at Duke from 1985-89.
Krzyzewski is now 1,000-308 over his 40-year career, which began at Army.
“It’s really remarkable actually,” Snyder said. “I don’t know if endurance is the right word, (but) his commitment and his ability to just sustain a level of effort over a period, decades, not years.”
Snyder said he won’t bother Coach K to congratulate him now.
“He might appreciate me not calling him,” he said. “I think he knows how I feel about him.”