SALT LAKE CITY -- How bad was Wednesday's loss to the Golden State Warriors?
Don't ask Jazz point guard Earl Watson to quantify it, he thinks all losses are terrible.
"To me every loss is the worst," Watson said. "I think we have to play with an edge. January's coming around the corner, we have to play more physical, more decisive and we have to play with more passion."
Watson and the Jazz (15-15) will play host to the Western Conference-leading L.A. Clippers (22-6) tonight at EnergySolutions Arena. With a win, Utah can end a two-game home losing streak and avenge a Dec. 3 loss in which the Clippers handed the Jazz their first home setback of the season.
But in order to find success tonight, the Jazz will need a much better effort than the one they put forth Wednesday.
With starting point guard Mo Williams out with a sprained thumb, they simply had no answer for Golden State's Stephen Curry. Curry scored the Warriors' first 11 points and had 18 by halftime.
Coupled with his quickness, Curry's hot shooting doomed the Jazz early on. Utah cut the Warriors' lead to single digits in the final minute but the game really was never in doubt after halftime.
Coach Tyrone Corbin benched his starters for the fourth quarter.
"I didn't feel the guys were fighting to get back in," he said.
The sledding won't get any easier tonight when the Clippers -- led by All-Star point guard Chris Paul -- come to visit.
Williams remains out indefinitely, which means Watson, Jamaal Tinsley and shooting guard Randy Foye will hold down the point guard spot.
Tinsley, now the starter, and Watson are crafty veterans who know all the angles. However, they struggled to stay in front of Curry on Wednesday and could face similar trouble against Paul tonight.
Going into Thursday's game against Boston, the Clippers had rattled off 14 straight wins.
"They're rolling but that's one thing about the NBA, you always get a chance to play another game," Tinsley said. "Anybody can be beaten at any time."
Corbin said Thursday the Jazz aren't likely to go shopping for a new point guard. Instead they'll ride it out with Tinsley, Watson and the others on the roster.
"We have to play better," he said. "We are who we are right now and until things change, this is who we are."
As Watson noted, January is just around the corner and in that month the Jazz play eight of 14 games on their home floor. However, in order to take advantage of it they'll need to push themselves to get better.
On the heels of two straight home losses the natural instinct would be to overreact. But that's not an option, Corbin said.
"We lost the game (to the Warriors)," he said. "We didn't play our best effort. You've just got to work your way out of it. Nobody's going to feel sorry for you. We've got a lot of games left to play, we've got to work our way through it."
Foye, a former Clipper now averaging 10.3 points per game for the Jazz, said Tinsley and Watson aren't the problem.
"We win as a team, we lose as a team," he said.
That may be true, but for the Jazz -- who've dropped five of their last seven -- losing is becoming a regular occurrence. And a win tonight would go along way in changing their perspective.