Alec Burks could have felt the weight of starting in place of the team’s wounded leading scorer. He could have been concerned about being shorthanded against a surging Denver Nuggets team.
But that would have been very un-Alec Burks.
"I just be myself," he said.
Monday night, that was more than good enough.
Burks, starting in place of the injured Gordon Hayward for the second straight game, lit up the Nuggets for a career-high 34 points — his second time above the 30—mark this season - as the Jazz ended the Nuggets winning streak at five.
"He had a great night," Jazz forward Marvin Williams said after the 118-103 victory. "Without him we wouldn’t have won this game. It’s not even close."
Jazz coach Ty Corbin chuckled when asked about the confidence of Burks, the third-year guard out of Colorado: "He’s a confident young fellow, and rightfully so, because he’s a talented young man."
In the locker room afterward, Burks was a man of few words when it came time for...