"(Millsap) does a good job of just using what he has as his abilities," he said. "He's quicker than those guys, he gets off the floor quicker than those guys, so if he can use his strength just to bump them out of the way and get in front, he'll usually get the ball faster.
"He's got long arms, he's got great hands. I mean, he catches anything that gets there. He does a good job of just reading the basketball, reading where the shot comes from and doing his work early — because he knows he's not gonna be able to just out-jump them.
"Then, on plays that are run to him, he just faces the guys up — and they either have to step back because he's quicker and he just shoots it, or if they grab him, he just goes by them," Miles added. "He's done a good job of just mixing it up down there on the block and using head fakes, also — because of those guys thinking they can block all of his shots."
3. Board work
Rebounding, rebounding, rebounding.
L.A. had a 58-40 edge on the boards in Game 2. From guards to bigs, the Jazz must gather loose balls.
"We all can do a better job rebounding," Williams said. "It's not just one guy."
"We've just to get better at what we're doing," Boozer added. "I don't think we have to necessarily change the whole look. But I think we can be a little more physical, if the refs let us."
But just playing with a nose for the ball — a la Millsap — goes far, Wiliams suggested.
"He's always been a great offensive rebounder," the Jazz point said, "and I think he realizes that in this series, he's gonna have to be (one) for us to have success."
Beyond the main themes, there are added points of emphasis for the Jazz.
One is getting more from 7-foot-2 Kyrylo Fesenko, fill-in starter for injured Mehmet Okur. He's played 31 minutes over two games but has just four points, four boards and 2-for-9 field shooting.
"He hopefully plays better at home and gets some confidence in himself to be able to rebound the ball," Sloan said. "As big as he is, he should be able to help us inside some."
The other is allowing L.A. fewer blocks.
The Lakers swatted 13 shots in Game 2, including four by Bynum and three each from Gasol and Odom.
Cutting down that block count is no easy task, though Sloan on Thursday did offer one idea. "Yeah, we can step on their toes," he said. "Maybe that would help."
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