SPURS BEAT JAZZ! LEAD SERIES 3-1!
The Spurs played a great 4th quarter and beat the Jazz 91-79. The Jazz needed more offensive weapons, and to stop unnecessary double teams which lead to open threes. The Jazz got frustrated and DFish got tossed along with Jerry Sloan. The veteran official crew was a little too quick on the whistle when it came to technicals and contact. That being said, I would expect Fisher and the Jazz Head Coach to contain themselves from that in the future. The Jazz need to force the tempo more to not play the way the Spurs play.
The obvious difference maker in this game was free throws. 41 attempts for the Spurs and 20 for the Jazz. The Jazz have to make the Spurs shoot less, or shoot more themselves to even up the score. Mehmet Okur and Andrei Kirilenko combine for only 16 little points for the entire game. We know they have been playing great defense which is terrific. BUT the Jazz need some offense out of them. Deron Williams can't be expected to pull a LeBron evey game for the Jazz to win.
Manu Ginobili was a great bench lift with 22 points and 6 boards. Manu outscored the Jazz bench alone but 13. This is why Mehmet and Andrei need to step up. The bench of the Jazz isn't going to score a whole lot and when Manu plays a decent game he might score more than their bench. Fabricio Oberto had 11 points and backtapped some of his 11 boards. His backtap rebounds are a key to the Spurs winning the rebounding battle against a very good rebounding team.