BEAT OF OWN DRUM
Utah head coach Jerry Sloan does things his way. That goes without question. But it's still odd to walk into the arena before game time and find the visitors, who have the pick of ends, shooting at the York Street end of the building. Sloan's Jazz do it consistently. Just about every other team in the league pick the other end. Sloan said he's always done it that way because Frank Layden, the man he worked under before taking over as Jazz head coach did it that way. Most teams prefer to have their offence playing in front of them for the second half, but Sloan likes to have his defence nice and close in crunch time.
A 48.6% shooter on the season, Jose Calderon missed his first five attempts Wednesday. He didn't get his first bucket until the final minute of the second quarter when he hit from three-point range.
STILL NOT READY
Before the game, Marco Belinelli was draining three's with regularity but every once in a while his wonky back would start barking. It's the third game in a row he has sat out.
Friday -- Denver Nuggets at the Raptors, 7 p.m., TSN2/Fan 590.