The Utah Jazz came into the 2018-19 season with sky-high expectations, following what was a surprisingly impressive playoff run last season. Despite that, the Jazz have sputtered their way through the season’s first half and sit just outside the Western conference playoff picture.

Before his team’s showdown with Thon Maker and the Milwaukee Bucks last week, ESPN caught up with Joe Ingles, who at 31, shared a realistic look at the situation.

“Obviously we’d like to be in a better position, but I guess our record reflects how we’ve played so far and that’s kind of on us,” Ingles said, leaning back on his seat after shootaround, iced knees and all.

“We’ve been playing better, we’re figuring it out.”

Ingles is the perfect guy to have around in the position the Jazz find themselves in. He can be heard talking trash and cracking jokes with teammates, team staff and media alike throughout practice — at one stage asking journalists to post a video of him knocking down a corner three — that’s just Joe in action.

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