Pregaming: Spurs vs. Jazz Game 1
Some notes to get you ready for Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs:
- With the Spurs coming in as the number 1 seed in the Western Conference again, and San Antonio facing a formidable front line that could give them problems also, there’s yet another eerie similarity to last season’s first round: the Spurs will be starting out the game on offense on the opposite side of the floor from their bench. Normally, the Spurs shoot at the basket nearest their bench in the first half and go to the opposite end of the floor in the second half. This series, it looks like the Jazz have them switching up, much like Memphis did last season. Let the playoff head games begin!
- Normally, watching pregame shootaround is a thing of beauty. Players shoot in what I’d estimate is the 80-90% range for their spots. Today, not so much the case. Maybe it’s playoff jitters or it could be the early start time, but for the silver and black the net didn’t ripple as consistently. Pay special attention to Danny Green, who will be starting at the two again today, as he was especially off in his shooting today, except from the top of the key. He could get off to a slow start today.
- Boris Diaw will start alongside Tim Duncan today in Game 1.