first_imgHe’s focused as much as anything. It shows up readily when you look at his shooting numbers. But the part you don’t see is at a timeout or at the free-throw line, how he’s communicating with a teammate. – Jazz coach Quin SnyderSALT LAKE CITY — During his first two seasons with the Jazz, Trey Burke has had a difficult time living up to his reputation as a shooter who can knock down 3-pointers like he did when he led Michigan the NCAA finals.Last year he shot just 31.8 percent from 3-point range after going 33.0 percent his rookie year, which put him near the bottom of the NBA from long range.But after a lot of hard work in the offseason and a new attitude about focusing on each day, Burke has been shooting much better this season and he showed it with his best shooting night of his career in Saturday night’s 89-79 win over Memphis.Burke finished with a game-high 24 points, including 6 for 8 from 3-point range, surpassing his previous high of five 3-pointers in a couple of games, which took him more than eight tries in each case.“I just tried to be aggressive,’’ he said. “Coach told me if they go under (the screens) to shoot it. Gordon (Hayward) did a great job of finding me as soon as I got in and I just took what they gave me.’’Earlier in the day, coach Quin Snyder called Burke’s play this season “terrific,’’ saying he’s played well every game since the opener when he went scoreless at Detroit. Snyder praised Burke’s overall play Saturday, not just his excellent shooting.“He’s been really efficient offensively,’’ Snyder said. “He’s focused as much as anything. It shows up readily when you look at his shooting numbers. But the part you don’t see is at a timeout or at the free-throw line, how he’s communicating with a teammate. He’s really focused on doing every little thing he can do to help the team and be a good player.’’Burke’s baskets came in bunches as he hit a pair of threes late in the first quarter to put the Jazz ahead to stay at 21-19, then in the third quarter when he hit four straight Jazz baskets — all threes — when the Jazz stretched their lead to 20 at 77-57.“You hit a couple and you start feeling it and start getting hot,’’ he said. “It was just a matter of taking what the defense gave me.’’Burke didn’t score in the fourth quarter — not many Jazz players did in the anemic 12-point quarter — but he did come up with two big plays late in the quarter when the Jazz were struggling to find the ocean as a 20-point lead melted to just eight.The Jazz had scored just three points in over eight minutes and their lead was down to 80-72 with under four minutes left. That’s when Burke took the ball down the right side of the lane and floated a perfect pass to Rudy Gobert, who finished with an emphatic dunk to give the Jazz just their second basket of the quarter.On the next possession, Burke was tied up in the lane by Mike Conley, But Burke won the jump ball and the Jazz scored when Derrick Favors followed in a Rodney Hood miss to make it a 10-point game at 84-74.One thing Burke isn’t about to do is rest on his laurels after such a fine shooting performance.“I just try to take an approach each and every day and stay focused in on that day and try to get better on that particular day,’’ he said. “Tomorrow is a new day and I’m going to work getting my shots in . . . and I’m not trying to look forward and not live in the past. I’m just zoning everything out and making sure I can get better.’’ Utah Jazz Analysis: Jazz’s strong start helps withstand fourth quarter run by the Grizzlies` Relatedcenter_img Utah Jazz grit out a big win over the Memphis Grizzlieslast_img