Sunday, May 6, 2012

News On The Horizon 5/6/2012

San Antonio Spurs take 3-0 series lead over Utah Jazz after 102-90 win in Game 3--Deseret News

Although the Jazz trailed 6-0 early after Duncan made two baskets and a pair of free throws, they managed to erase much of the deficit quickly. A 3-pointer by Harris and a jumper from Gordon Hayward cut the Spurs' lead to 6-5 less than two minutes into the contest.

Jazz-Spurs: Report card--Deseret News

GUARDS: After averaging just six points and 1.5 assists in the first two games of the series, Harris busted out Saturday night. However, his five assists were paired by three turnovers, giving Harris eight turnovers in the series. Gordon Hayward may have tallied five assists — he has 11 for the series — but was a liability otherwise on the offensive end, shooting just 1 of 10 (including 0 of 5 from beyond the arc) to score four points. Hayward has now scored 12 points on 4-of-20 shooting in the past two games after scoring 17 in Game 1. Even factoring that contest, however, Hayward is still 6 of 26 for the series. San Antonio's Tony Parker remained difficult to stop, scoring 27 points while being complemented with 14 from Danny Green. Parker has averaged 24.3 points in the series. GRADE: C-

Utah Jazz-San Antonio Spurs: Game 3 Analysis--Deseret News

Points left on the table: Poor free-throw marksmanship helped seal Utah’s fate. The patterns started early and essentially carried on throughout the game. The Jazz combined to shoot 14-26 from the charity stripe, an anemic 53.8 percent. Outside of Gordon Hayward’s 2-2 shooting, every player who attempted a free throw missed at least one.

Devin Harris finally comes through for Utah Jazz--Salt Lake Tribune

The Jazz point guard may have caught a bit of a break early when coach Tyrone Corbin opted to have the taller Gordon Hayward defend Spurs point guard Tony Parker.

Jazz’s season on brink after 102-90 Game 3 loss to Spurs--Salt Lake Tribune

Everyone from Gordon Hayward and Paul Millsap to Corbin said Utah will again come out fighting for Game 4 on Monday at ESA. But after being blown out by a combined 46 points during Games 1 and 2 — including a 114-83 embarrassment Wednesday in San Antonio — the Jazz face a sinking realization.

Monson: Jazz make progress, but can’t defy history--Salt Lake Tribune

"They made plays down the stretch, and we didn’t," said Gordon Hayward, who finished with four points on 1-for-10 shooting. "We have to be better in every facet of the game — on offense and defense. They’ve just been better than us."

Clarke’s recovery; Nored’s interview--Indy Star Butler Insider

‘Trust’ is the word of the day for the Miami Heat--Miami Herald

It is easy to feel invincible at 3-0 in the first round, especially against a team whose most noteworthy shot came against a fire extinguisher, but it camouflages Miami’s labors the second half of the season and masks some questions that are hard to answer with trust.

Why is Norris Cole even getting a single playoff minute?

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