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Jazz-Spurs Game 3: The Jazz have a bad case of the Spurs plague

May 6, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

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This thing is over. 102-90 Spurs.

The exact same thing we’ve seen for the first two games replicated only with a little bit of excitement from Derrick Favors who showed out against the Spurs. Tony Parker is just too much. Let’s start there.

The Spurs can space the floor so well on offense that you can’t bring help consistently or well enough on Parker on the perimeter. And once he gets inside, that’s it. He’s either going to pull up and softly place it on the rim for gravity and physics to ease it into the hole, dropping in a floater, or spinning it out to those same shooters if you even think about collapsing in. There’s simply no way for the Jazz to counter him. That’s where everything starts.

Devin Harris contributed 21 points and it still wasn’t enough for him to win his matchup. From there, Al Jefferson contributed but still can’t really get loose against the variety of looks the Spurs are throwing at him, and the wings are just non-existent. The Spurs have answers at every position and in every way for the Jazz, and that’s the tone this series has set.

Gordon Hayward was never going to win this matchup. But he needed to at least marginalize the damage. But the young player’s just not ready. It’s not even individual matchups though. The Spurs are so good at getting you moving so you’re matched up on someone you can’t defend, or scrambling to recover on two guys at once, it’s just nearly impossible for a team like Utah to limit them.

The Jazz were going to have a hard time under any set of circumstances, but with Millsap scoring 9 point on 12 shots is going to be absolute death for the Spurs.

In reality, this is like facing the San Antonio Plague. They’re everywhere, all throughout the system, and you can’t attack a symptom without making another worse, while the illness is what destroys you. The Spurs are one game away from advancing and getting a week of rest.

  1. Filipe Furtado - May 6, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    The Mavs have already send Utah invitation to join their “we played really well but got sweept because the other team is awesome” club.

    • rexismybff - May 6, 2012 at 1:45 AM

      I think the Mavs hit about 30% of their shots for their series, so that’s not “we played really well”. And even with that terrible shooting, they were able to take OKC to the end in 3 of 4 games. The Thunder have got a couple of awesome players, but the basketball I saw from their team overall in this series was not awesome most of the time. Watching them is a lot like watching the Clippers – one guy at a time trying to create his own shot. I think they are in huge trouble if they’ve got to face the Lakers next.

      On the other hand, the Jazz play their finest game of the series, and Favors and Millsap and Harris play with an insane amount of energy, and they still get beat by 12 at home. This Spurs team has now won 39 of their past 46, with 21 of those wins vs playoff teams – and they’re winning most of them by a wide margin. Don’t just talk about Parker, Duncan and Ginobili anymore – it’s time to give credit to Green, Leonard, Gary Neal, and Tiago Splitter – those young guns are winning nearly all their battles on both ends of the floor.

      • passerby23 - May 6, 2012 at 2:05 AM

        I agree OKC’s weakness is the propensity for one-on-one basketball and relying on individual talent, plus their tendency to turn the ball over carelessly. However, the Lakers aren’t going to have the ammunition to beat them. OKC’s starting lineup and bench is better. LA is going to be coming off an extended series with Denver, while OKC will be rested, ready, and with homecourt advantage. Since the Lakers bench is the worst in the league, their starters are going to be logging huge minutes just to beat Denver.

        The Lakers don’t have the athleticism to match up with OKC’s scorers and OKC has the big, athletic frontline to combat what the Lakers do best. That leaves Kobe trying to do too much. Maybe he steals a game himself, but not a series. Thunder beat them in five or six.

        That leaves the Spurs, who will finish Utah off on Monday and await the beaten up winner of LAC-Memphis. The Spurs are a terrible matchup for OKC, plus they’ll have homecourt where they are virtually unbeatable. The Spurs won’t beat themselves and have the best team chemistry going right now. They beat OKC in five or six.

      • therealroman - May 6, 2012 at 9:22 AM

        Word! They look really, really scary

  2. ragingmouse - May 6, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    Kudos on the analogy of a plague…

    So true!

    There seems to be an extra player on floor when it comes to how the spurs play ball…

  3. ragingmouse - May 6, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Touché Rex !

    Well put…I’ve always said Green will be a star in the very near future!
    Not to mention some of the other fellows…

  4. skol22 - May 6, 2012 at 3:28 AM

    This Spurs team is so deep. Its pick your poison. And im loving it. GSG! Drive for 5!

  5. mungman69 - May 6, 2012 at 5:59 AM

    Who is Matt Moore? Is he (or she) relevant? Anyway, the Spurs look real good. If you weren’t at the game you missed watching the perfect game.

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