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Utah Jazz-San Antonio: Game Two instant analysis

By David Smith

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, May 2 2012 8:04 p.m. MDT

Utah Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin, left, watches his team during the first quarter of Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Wednesday, May 2, 2012, in San Antonio. At right is Jazz's Jamaal Tinsley. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

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Read more: Not even close: Utah Jazz get hammered and humiliated in San Antonio

Since their loss on Sunday, the Utah Jazz spoke about making adjustments in their second game vs. the San Antonio Spurs. Suffice it to say, the young Jazz will be back to the drawing board once again after the Spurs administered a 114-83 drubbing that left Utah down 0-2 in their first round series.

Balanced Brilliance: San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich, freshly anointed this year’s NBA Coach of the Year, coaxed excellent performances out of his entire roster. Ten Spurs played between 14 and 28 minutes, while eight players tallied between 10 and 18 points. Surprisingly, Manu Ginobili was not one of those eight individuals.

Every San Antonio player who saw the court, with the exception of notorious Jazz killer Matt Bonner, scored and had at least one assist.

Conversely, the Utah Jazz players were balanced in their shortcomings. Ten of the 12 Jazzmen who played shot less than 50 percent on their shots. Only two players put double-digit points on the board.

Bombs Away: San Antonio was the best 3-point shooting team in the regular season, so their 10-22 performance from long distance was par for the course. They made them early and helped doom the Jazz by the end of the first half. Spurs swingmen Danny Green (3-5) and Kawhi Leonard (3-4) led the barrage, hitting many wide open looks.

Utah, on the other hand, was a paltry 1-6 (16.7 percent), with the lone make not coming until the game’s waning moments.

Numbers Don’t Lie: Every team will suffer a demoralizing defeat and this was the epitome of a blowout. In addition to the aforementioned, these glaring statistics will help tell the rest of the story:

  • Utah had almost as many turnovers (15) as assists (16). Meanwhile, the Spurs dished out 28 dimes compared to just 12 miscues.
  • San Antonio won the first three quarters by 11, 14 and nine points, respectively.
  • Every Spur starter had a plus/minus of at least +31, with midseason signee Boris Diaw sporting a sparkling +41 mark. As could be expected, their Jazz starting counterparts were all at least -31.
  • San Antonio’s opening five shot a combined 27-41 (65.9 percent), while the Jazz starters managed just 17-52 (32.7 percent).
  • The Spurs won the rebounding (44-43), steals (10-7) and blocked shot (5-3) battles.
  • The more veteran Spurs outperformed the youthful Utah squad in fast break points, 29-18.
Luckily for the Utah Jazz, all these numbers culminate in just one loss. The two teams will be back at it Saturday evening in the EnergySolutions Arena.

David Smith provides instant analysis for Deseret News' Utah Jazz coverage. He works for LDS Philanthropies and also blogs for the Utah Jazz 360 website. He can be reached at mechakucha1@gmail.com or on Twitter at davidjsmith1232.

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