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Spurs 114 Jazz 83: Warning, violent basketball destruction of one team by another

May 2, 2012, 9:37 PM EDT

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Hmmm. How can I properly express to you the beatdown of the Spurs’ 114-83 win over the Jazz?

Imagine a Hummer driving over a camel. Or Godzilla stepping on a power transformer, only with fewer fireworks. It was kind of like a train running over a cart of moldy peaches. Or a buzzsaw ripping through wet newspaper.

There were signs that the Spurs were this much better than the Jazz in Game 1. But Utah had managed to hang for much of the game. Nothing doing in this one. The Spurs came out and dominated from the very get go. There was a 20-0 run to spark the Spurs, and that was pretty much it. They were faster to the ball, faster to the rim, faster to closer out, faster to rebound, faster to drive, faster to shoot… you get the idea.

It’s back to the drawing board for Utah, trying to figure out how to slow down, distract, momentarily get in the way of Tony Parker, how to impact the wings (Kawhi Leonard lit them up. Leonard’s really good but wing was supposed to be a marginal strength for Utah. That’s bad.), how to do, really anything against San Antonio.

The good news for Utah? They’re going home where they play well. That’s about it. Because all signs point to the Spurs having all the answers at this point. Utah needs to throw out the drawing board and start sketching something new on the wall. The Spurs? Revel in their matchup and the fact they’ll likely be getting rest for the second round.

The Spurs are in control, to say the least.

  1. savvybynature - May 2, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    As a Spurs fan, that was fun to watch!

    Even though we won pretty easy in game 1, I wasn’t too thrilled with the performance. I couldn’t help but think that outside of Parker that kind of effort wouldn’t be enough against the elite teams.

    If they play like they did tonight though, Timmy will finally get some jewelry for his thumb too.

  2. wtfmeng - May 2, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    i wouldn’t mind a Heat vs Spurs finals

  3. rexismybff - May 2, 2012 at 10:37 PM

    Danny Green played like a man possessed. He could be the real difference if they are to try to win a few series this year.

    • cltjump - May 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM

      As a Carolina fan, I always thought Danny was underrated. What he lacked in talent, he made up for with heart and a fierce work ethic. He was one of my favorite Tar Heels when he was in Chapel Hill, and I’m glad to see all his work is paying off this season. He’s getting (and apparently) earning substantial playing time and it couldn’t make me happier.

  4. fouldwimmerlaik - May 2, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    And they say that the Spurs are a boring team…

    …goodness, they should start classifying “boring” as an oxymoron when it is used in the same sentence with the Spurs.

    Well done!

    Now you know why Pops is the C.O.Y.

    Lakers fan here. :)

  5. funktron2x - May 2, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    Just Danny? Damn, everyone looks good. Even Diaw despite carrying way more weight than he should be. Manu was a total non-factor and they won by close to a billion. This is FUN! :-D

  6. mungman69 - May 3, 2012 at 3:02 AM

    Who’d a thunk dis?

  7. mungman69 - May 3, 2012 at 7:21 AM

    Spurs all the way? Maybe, they are playing very well. Can they hold up?

  8. ragingmouse - May 3, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    Balanced, unselfish play…plain and simple!

    The spurs ( dare I say it ) are a scary time!

    I’m thinking sweep!

  9. ragingmouse - May 3, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    Meant scary team!

  10. Bryce - May 3, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    Game 2 was unbridled raping, pillaging, and plundering of one NBA team to another.

  11. martbear - May 3, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Really hoping for Spurs/Lakers in the WCF. That way no matter who wins, I don’t have a problem rooting for the West in the Finals. As a Laker fan, I’d obviously like to see Kobe go for 6, but the Spurs and their fans have such class that it’s impossible to hate them. Hard to say that about any other team or fanbase.

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