Jazz's Millsap expected to play vs. 'fine-tuned machine' Spurs
San Antonio — Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said Sunday starting power forward Paul Millsap (flu) is expected to play against the Spurs.
Millsap went through shootaround, and all 12 healthy Utah players are expected to be active.
The Jazz will continue to start Devin Harris, C.J. Miles, Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson. Corbin will again allow matchups and game situations to determine whether he inserts Earl Watson or Jamaal Tinsley to back up Harris.
Corbin on Spurs forward Matt Bonner's suggestion San Antonio and Utah share a plane back to Salt Lake City, in honor of NBA Green Week: I love your spirit, Matt. I love your spirit.
San Antonio's depth standing out: Their experience along with their depth. They just added Stephen Jackson and Boris Diaw. They've added the young guys in Neal and Leonard, Green. These guys have stepped up their play, so they can rest the guys when they get an opportunity to rest them. They go out in the game with a sense of purpose … of taking care of you early so they can get rest and reserve their main guys for down the stretch run. … They're a fine-tuned machine, man, and you've got to be on your Ps and Qs against them, especially here at home. As well as they shoot overall in the course of the year, they play better here at home.
Spurs' 3-point shooting: They're going to shoot a lot of 3s and they shoot at a good percentage. But they're going to shoot more 2-points than 3-points. … We've just got to make sure we're not letting them get wide-open 3s or uncontested 3s. We don't want to give up a layup trying to cover the 3-point line.
Jazz going or small during two-game series against Spurs: It is [an option]. We told the guys: Everybody be ready. We may have to do some different things with them. We've got to make sure we try to control their pick-and-rolls, because they're going to run a ton of them. They do a great job of spacing the floor. We have to give them different looks in the pick-and-roll, and maybe different people and different guys in the pick-and-roll situation so we make sure we cover everything.
Jefferson went one-on-one against rookie center Enes Kanter at the end of shootaround. Kanter held his own, defending Jefferson well and recording a block.
Brian T. Smith
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