The San Antonio Spurs dropped their last three games - all by four or fewer points - and are coming off a 110-109 setback at the Chicago Bulls on Monday. Things don't get any easier Wednesday, when the Spurs host the surging Utah Jazz.
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San Antonio enters play on Tuesday in the No. 9 spot in the Western Conference and is trying to figure out some in-game consistency issues after getting outscored 35-24 in the final quarter at Chicago. "They competed harder for most of the 48 minutes," Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told reporters after the loss. "I thought we competed for a half. Not very consistent. We'd get leads and lose them by making basic errors. We have spurts where we're really good, then we look pretty disjointed." The Jazz are winners of 19 of their last 22 games but hit the road with a sour taste after suffering a 126-117 home loss on Monday to a Houston Rockets squad that was playing the second half of a back-to-back and was resting stars James Harden (thigh) and Russell Westbrook. "We weren't as connected as we've been," Utah coach Quin Snyder told reporters. "We just had a lot of mistakes that were in many cases mental. We weren't as focused and dialed in on all of the details of the game. ... I don't know that there's a whole lot we did well tonight."
TIME: 8:30 p.m. ET. TV: AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, FS Southwest
ABOUT THE JAZZ (32-14): Utah shot 50.6 percent from the floor on Monday but allowed 26 points off 18 turnovers with point guard Mike Conley (five) having the most trouble keeping possession. "I can't call it, man," Conley told reporters of the turnovers. "They weren't forced. Just trying to do things, just trying to see something and you go too quick and you slip. Random things were happening. That's not like me. That's not like (guard Donovan Mitchell). To have so many unforced turnovers, that was definitely a big factor in the game." Mitchell finished with three turnovers but tried to make up for it at the other end while going off for 35 points on 14-of-25 shooting.
ABOUT THE SPURS (20-26): Guard DeMar DeRozan collected 36 points on 11-of-21 shooting and 10 rebounds on Monday but missed a tying free-throw attempt in the final seconds. "Beyond pissed," DeRozan told reporters of his state of mind following the loss. "It sucks. We had an opportunity to go to overtime and try to pull one out. It beyond sucks." DeRozan was operating without power forward LaMarcus Aldridge (thumb) but got support from Patty Mills (25 points in 29 minutes off the bench) and Jakob Poeltl (16 points, 13 rebounds) in the setback.
1. Jazz SF Joe Ingles is 2-of-11 from 3-point range over the last two games.
2. Aldridge did not make the trip to Chicago but is day-to-day and could return Wednesday.
3. The home team took the last five in the series, with Utah's last win in San Antonio coming on Feb. 3, 2018.
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