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在爵士队输给快船队的过程中,我们可以汲取一线希望和教训。

犹他爵士 guard Donovan Mitchell drives the ball between Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard, left, and guard Terance Mann, rear, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.
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Under different circumstances, the Utah Jazz might be upset after a loss. They might hang their heads and lose sleep trying to figure out what went wrong and what’s missing.

如果这支球队自1月22日以来输了超过两场比赛,他们可能会担心。

But this Utah Jazz team is intent on not losing sight of the larger goal, which is to be playing their best when the playoffs start so they can contend for a title. For that goal to be realized, the Jazz have to be challenged, examine their shortcomings and find ways to improve.

因此,当周五晚上洛杉矶快船队击败了他们的9连胜时,爵士立即将损失视为改善的机会。

“I think this is a bump in the road, but it’s a good one in my opinion,” Donovan Mitchell said. “I think this is one that we can look at and say, ‘OK, we stay with them but 是游戏与众不同的地方。’我为我们的比赛方式和比赛感到自豪,但肯定还有改进的空间。”

The Jazz were up against one of the best teams in the league who were angry about a loss to the Jazz just two days earlier. The Clippers were also at full strength for the first time in weeks with the return of Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and Nicolas Batum.

The Clippers came out strong defensively and at multiple points held double-digit leads over the Jazz. The Jazz made a lot of mistakes, and even so, they were right there at the end of the game, threatening a comeback in the final moments.

“For us to play a game like we played tonight and to be able to finish the way we did and execute down the stretch against a good team like this, I think it’s a great lesson,” Mike Conley said.

In fact, there were many great lessons provided to the Jazz on Friday, and less than 30 minutes after the game ended, without having reviewed film, Mitchell was recounting some of the things that the Jazz could have done better.

There were of course the rebounds that were so damaging, especially the ones which allowed the Clippers to capitalize on second-chance opportunities. Two costly offensive boards by Leonard in the fourth quarter particularly were on Mitchell’s mind.

Royce O’Neale was once again tasked with guarding the best player on the floor — this time Leonard — and Mitchell pointed out that the rest of the Jazz players have to communicate better and help in traffic to crash the boards when O’Neale has had his hands full and is so focused. There wasn’t blame placed at O’Neale’s feet for the missed boards. Instead Mitchell asked the question, “What can the rest of us do to help in that situation?”

米切尔(Mitchell)指出,他拿下并失去平衡的三分球只是让路·威廉姆斯(Lou Williams)在另一端得分并创造七分球。

“错误的镜头选择,”他说。

The Jazz could have been more forceful in transition on both sides of the ball, Rudy Gobert could have played stronger at the rim, O’Neale could have been less hesitant on offense, the Jazz could have passed harder and with more speed. If they do those things, they’re probably walking away on Friday with a 10th consecutive win.

“These are the games that we talked about,” Jazz head coach Quin Snyder said. “Obviously it’d be nice to win it, but we’re trying to get better, and that’s where our mindset is.”

The Jazz aren’t going to win every game, and the Clippers aren’t going to be the last tough opponent they face this season. That’s a good thing. The Jazz need to learn these lessons and improve before the regular season ends.

他们想要的最后一件事是在季后赛中学习艰难的课程。那就是旧的犹他爵士队所做的,而这支犹他爵士队希望与众不同。