It feels like every other series is at Game 4 or 5 by since the Spurs played in Game 1. I know that’s not true, but it sure feels like that. But the rest is a good thing: fresher legs, more time to practice and make adjustments, and more time for Tiago to heal.
Here are a few things to watch for tonight:
Who guards Tony?
The Jazz media, according to Jeff McDonald of the Express-News, are of the opinion that Ty Corbin may put Gordon Hayward on Tony Parker for stretches, just to try and slow his game down and keep him out of the paint. I’m not sure how that helps, other than the fact Hayward is 6’8″ and long, but there’s no way he keeps Tony in front of him.
How many fouls?
The Jazz have already stated that they plan to be more physical this time. As though they weren’t physical in Game 1. The officiating will be an important factor in this game, like it or not. If those bumps get called, the Utah bigs and SA guards could turn this into a free-throw shooting contest. The Spurs don’t win those very often.
How many touches for Big Al?
I thought the Jazz forgot about their biggest weapon on Sunday. Al Jefferson is a monster in the low post and can score from many positions and angles on the floor. The Spurs are not going to stop Big Al; they just have to make him uncomfortable and push to spots that he does not normally like. If Al ends up with 25 shots tonight, it’ll be a long night for the Spurs.
All of that negativity aside, I think the Spurs play better than they did on Sunday and win this one going away. Enjoy the game and look for a recap from Wayne.