A little more than two weeks ago, Jazz guard Raja Bell was in a tough position. He wanted to contribute to a struggling Utah team and felt he could add more than he was being allowed to provide. Bell spoke out Jan. 4, voicing frustration that had been building for nearly a year. Since Jan. 7, the 35-year-old shooter has allowed his play on the court to speak for itself. Bell broke out that night during a victory at Golden State, scoring nine points and preventing Warriors guard Monta Ellis from hitting a game-winning shot. Since then, the 12-year veteran has averaged 8.1 points and 2.1 assists and has shot 55.5 percent from the field during a six-game stretch. What changed for the proud, highly competitive Bell? "I just think I found a rhythm. I found a way to help our team," Bell said prior to the Jazz's game Thursday against Dallas. "That was something I was searching for and I didn't find earlier. It was proving to be hard to make an impact on games on either end of the court." As Utah's offense has opened up, Bell has become more involved. Limited to four shot attempts or fewer during six of the Jazz's first seven games, Bell has taken at least five shots in five of six contests.
Raja Bell becoming more active in offense
Salt Lake Tribune | Jan 20