After Tony Parker torched them in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series against San Antonio, the Jazz have talked about the need to play more physically against the San Antonio point guard.
Jamaal Tinsley is one of the few Utah players to act.
During his time on Parker in Games 2 and 3, Tinsley has picked him up as soon as he brings the ball over halfcourt, tried to deny his preferred path on pick-and-rolls and -- generally -- been more aggressive while attempting to keep him away from the basket.
"That's how I approach anybody," Tinsley said. "In the playoffs, they let you get more physical. Me, being the physical guard I am, I just try to make everything hard on him and put pressure on him and make things tough. Not trying to hurt him. You don't want to hurt any player. But you want to make it tough on him."
In the first three games of the series, Parker averages 24.3 points and 7.7 assists in 30.9 minutes. He is shooting 56.5 percent from the field.
According to Tinsley, he's never played in a game that, if lost, would sweep his team out of the playoffs.
"It's tough," he said. "Every possession is critical. The stakes get even higher. ... We just have to do the right things."
-- Steve Luhm
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