Jazz notes: Keeping the mood light after loss to Cavs

Jazz notes: Keeping the mood light after loss to Cavs

CLEVELAND — While the Jazz locker room wasn’t jovial after Thursday’s 91-83 loss to the Cavaliers, the mood wasn’t as somber as it has been after some defeats.

A good dose of perspective — trying to learn from a loss and being focused on the next game — certainly helps.

Laughter helps, too.

That was made evident by the fact Gordon Hayward and Joe Ingles found a new way to entertain themselves after a disappointing outcome.

Apparently while in the showers, the friends tried to predict which questions reporters would ask in the postgame interviews.

Hayward paused and looked off camera at Ingles after he was asked his first question by ROOTS Sports sideline reporter Kristen Kenney in the visitors locker room.

“We guessed your guys’ questions already,” Ingles said as reporters chuckled.

Kenney took the inside joke in stride.

Hayward proceeded to answer her question about the team’s offensive woes. He added a line he occasionally uses, saying, “Some days are diamonds, some days are stones. Unfortunately for a lot of us, tonight it was a stone.”

Ingles teased his teammate about the analogy, quietly interjecting, “That’s terrible.”

He might want to talk to John Denver about that someday in the afterlife.

By the way, Ingles jokingly said he’d predicted three out of four questions, including obvious ones about LeBron James going off for 17 of his 33 points in the fourth quarter and what it’s like guarding the freak athlete.

For the record, it appeared that Jingles did not anticipate being asked about Andrew Bogut’s recent season-ending injury.

OFF NIGHT: Hayward only hit four of 14 shots for 13 points and the Jazz shot just 41.5 percent for the game, including an especially rough fourth quarter (31.6 percent).

Even so, Utah still had a chance late before James took control for good.

“We still gave ourselves a chance because of our defense. We just couldn’t throw it in the ocean,” Hayward said. “We take away the fact that we feel like we played pretty poorly and still found a way to find ourselves in a game at the end of the fourth on a back end of a back-to-back, it is what it is. We didn’t play well and we still had a chance.”

Ingles kept a solid perspective on the game, too, which perhaps offered a glimpse into why he wasn’t mentally moping after the loss.

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“It’s definitely not the end of the world. We’re not going to lose too much sleep over it,” Ingles said. “We’ve got another game in two days. We’ll watch (film) and learn from it and move on.”

LOVE FOR LOVE: The Jazz have had a season full of injuries, so Quin Snyder was empathetic when asked about the return of Kevin Love after the star power forward returned following a knee injury that kept him out for four weeks.

“I’m happy for him that he’s healthy. We know firsthand that that can be a challenge,” Snyder said. “We just have a ton of respect for Cleveland and for him.”

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Published at Fri, 17 Mar 2017 03:45:00 +0000