LAS VEGAS — Having played in two circuits — Jazz Summer League and Las Vegas Summer League — Utah had more time to gel than the rest of the teams participating in the exhibitions. But for some reason, they can’t seem to win a game.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Jazz fell to 0-4 in Las Vegas, losing 97-81 to the Phoenix Suns.
Utah’s averaged 73 points through four games and were unable to beat the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday despite a 37-point effort from Donovan Mitchell.
Mitchell did not play on Wednesday and the team’s already inconsistent offense suffered. The Jazz made just 36 percent of their total shots, 30 percent of their threes and 61 percent of their free throws.
The team’s lack of cohesion isn’t indicative of a team that’s been together for as long as they have, but Zach Guthrie, who’s acting as the team’s head coach, is taking partial blame for Utah’s lack of success, particularly on offense.
“There’s always things you can do (to improve offensively),” Guthrie said. “When our shots don’t fall, it is what it is. It’s a make or miss league at times.
"We just need to keep working to try to get better shots. I don’t think we’re taking bad shots, but I think we can always work to get better and better shots. It’s not about taking the first shot that comes. But our guys are busting their butts and doing what they can to execute the offense. It’s not on them. It’s on the coach to put them in better positions to score.”
Guthrie said he doesn’t know whether Mitchell, who rested against the Suns, and Joel Bolomboy, who’s dealing with a minor knee injury, will play the remainder of summer league.