SALT LAKE CITY, NOV. 23 -- Despite expressing disappointment at a couple of his team's mounting early season defeats, Washington Bullets owner Abe Pollin said today he remains confident the club will succeed in the 1987-88 NBA season and there is no reason to be impatient.

"As long as everyone in the organization -- myself, the coaches, the general manager, the players, everyone -- is putting out and giving their maximum effort then I'll be patient," Pollin said in a telephone interview from his Maryland office. "I'm sure we're going to have a winning team. We have the talent, the desire, the coaching -- and an owner who's nutty enough to be an optimist."

Surely there has been little to be optimistic about midway through the Bullets' four-game Western Conference road trip, which continues here Tuesday night against the Utah Jazz. Now 2-7, Washington will be trying not only to break a four-game losing streak but to just stay competitive for an entire game. Friday night in Portland, the Bullets lost by 19 points, and the next night they fell by 21 in Seattle.

"I think the biggest thing," General Manager Bob Ferry said, "is that we're just not shooting the ball well. When you're talking about not scoring, it comes down to putting the ball in the hole and getting the right shots." The Bullets will take an anemic 42 percent mark from the field into the Salt Palace.

In their last two games, the Bullets hit 37 and 41 percent. Only one player who attempted more than five field goals made at least half his shots.

That was forward Bernard King, who scored a season-high 26 points on nine-of-14 shooting against the SuperSonics. However, the effort only elevated the veteran's season accuracy to 42 percent, up from 40 before the game. Center Moses Malone and guard Jeff Malone are only at 42 percent themselves, far less than management might have expected from three all-star players.

"The ball is in the hands of the right shooters, three people are taking the most shots. They're just not going in," Ferry said.

"We could probably expect that of King {who missed most of last season with the New York Knicks with a knee injury} . . . One of the worst things that might have happened was for him to score 33 points in the last exhibition game {his Bullets debut}. After that everyone probably expected too much too soon from someone that didn't have training camp.

"We should have expected this kind of start, perhaps being inconsistent and then getting much better."

Another probably realistic appraisal came from Jeff Malone, who said that while the team has more potential scoring than a year ago, the process is still difficult.

"The shots haven't come as easy as I thought they would with the three of us here," he said of himself, Moses Malone and King. "Moses is always working hard down low and Bernard is going into the lane into traffic for a lot of his shots. I'm shooting a lot of fadeaways and runners and lean-in shots."

Like everyone else, Ferry is aware that rebounding has been the Bullets' other major deficiency, and he emphasized that there are no "quick fix solutions."

The acquisition of King, for example, brought the Bullets too close to their salary cap to permit going after an available player such as Los Angeles Clippers power forward Michael Cage, who was sixth in the NBA in rebounding last season.

The Jazz, led by power forward Karl Malone, has one of the biggest teams in the league. Besides 6-foot-9 Malone and 7-3 center Mark Eaton, Utah has four other players who stand at least 6-10. That would make Utah a logical choice for trade talk, but Ferry indicated that things aren't always as they seem.

"It does no good to bring someone in if he isn't as good as what we already have," he said. "I haven't talked with Utah for a while but they really don't have rebounders besides Malone."

Pollin added that the absence of power forward Terry Catledge from the trip because of a jammed neck and lower back strain has had its effect on a squad that is working in five players who joined it in the final week of training camp.

"Obviously I'm disappointed we haven't won a couple of close games that we should have won but we're also in a very tough part of our schedule," Pollin said. "There's certainly a time when we can't {use excuses} but it's hard to answer as to when that is. But certainly the time will come when we win a few games, blow out some other teams and everything will start to jell.

"And that time can't come too soon for me."