Sunday, April 29, 2012

Spurs 58 points in the paint propel victory over Jazz, 106-91

San Antonio did everything they needed to do against the Jazz in game one, coming away with a 106-91 victory.  Gregg Popovich and company have heard all the criticism regarding their match up against the Jazz.  Media heads talked in lengths about the Jazz having a better front court with their plethora of big men in Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kantor.  However, it was the legendary Tim Duncan who put up 17 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists in only 31 minutes.

On top of Duncan's efficient game was the play of the Spurs MVP, Tony Parker.  The match up that stood out in this game was the Parker verses Devin Harris.  All game long, Devin looked like he wanted to be somewhere else as Tony broke him down on both ends of the court.  Harris often looked lost and confused as Parker continued to get to any place on the court he wanted to get to.

Hand it to Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap who played well in this game, regularly giving Jazz fans some hope they could overtake the lead in this one.  Utah controlled the glass in this game.  The Jazz could have used a few easy baskets and better ball movement to create easier shots.  No one expects Utah to advance in this series but with a lot of playoff inexperience in Al Jefferson and coach Tyrone Corbin playing in their first playoff game.  Utah had chances to take the lead but every time they got close, the Spurs seemed to hit the gas peddle.  One thing is for sure, the Jazz are here to compete.


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