No doubt the Utah Jazz will come out hot tonight against the San Antonio Spurs looking to avenge their embarrassing blowout loss in Game 2. But even with the energy and familiar feeling of their home arena, that’s going to be a tall order.
The Spurs have dominated the Jazz in pretty much every aspect of the game in the first two games of this series. It’s hard to believe a change of venue will fix that.
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin says he won’t be changing much in his game plan, but he’ll be looking for the guys who aren’t ready to give up.
“You’re backed up against the wall,” said Corbin. “You’ve got a minimum of two games left and as many as five games left to play on. Who’s going to continue to fight and who’s not? That’s what you want to see in these situations. It’s easy to fold your tent and go home and say, ‘Oh, it’s too much to do.’ But fight is fight and competitors compete. Guys who want to quit will quit.”
It’s certainly going to be tough, but the Jazz can take some comfort in the fact that they had one of the best home records in the NBA this year at 25-8. Utah is a very tough place to play but one of those eight losses did come at the hands of the Spurs, and that was without Manu Ginobili and Tiago Splitter.
We haven’t really seen the Jazz take advantage of their talent in the post yet in this series, something that’s going to be crucial if they’re going to steal any games at all. Center Al Jefferson says that may be the only way for them to win.
“That last game I didn’t see no advantage nowhere,” said Jefferson. “I think the big lineup could hurt ’em if we get into it earlier in the game, instead of doing it when we’re already down. But I ain’t really seen too many [advantages].”
This was the one game in the series I expected the Spurs to drop going in, but with the way they’ve been playing, it’s hard to see them not going for the sweep.