Al Jefferson scored back to back baskets from the left block over Tim Duncan. From that point on the Jazz offense got just two field goals. Let’s breakdown what took place in this film study.
Jefferson’s 1st fg was a 17 foot jumper that gave the Jazz a 2 point lead with 5:40 left.
Then Jefferson went up and under on Ducan to give the Jazz the 96-94 lead. Then the Spurs adjusted.
4:43 left – Spurs 97-96 – Spurs commit back to back fouls defending Jeferson. They bring the double team from the baseline and Richard Jefferson. Al gets fouled by Jefferson.
4:33 left – Spurs 97-96 = Jazz got to the right block for Millsap guarded by Matt Bonner and Millsap works to the middle and misses the 6 footer over Bonner.
4:07 left – Spurs 98-96 = Harris runs side pick and roll with Jefferson. Parker intercepts the pass to Jefferson that had no room. Turnover Jazz.
3:44 left – Spurs 100-96 = Jazz run Jefferson to left elbow. Hayward is coming off a baseline curl but Spurs are switching so Howard instead of picking pop out to the right elbow off a Millsap pick and Howard misses the 15 foot jumper. Really good execution on the play by the Jazz and a good look.
3:16 left – Spurs 100-96 – Spurs double Jefferson in left block with Bonner. Jefferson kicks out to Harris who swings to Howard. Howard penetrates and finds Millsap under the rim to left of the basket but as Millsap goes up Duncan and Bonner recover and Millsap can’t make the shot in the paint in traffic. Again very good execution by the Jazz.
2:50 left – Spurs 100-96 – Jazz run a pick and roll angle left with Harris and Jefferson. Key to this play the pick and roll is not really a side and not a high pick and roll they catch the Spurs in between. Jefferson sets the pick and Harris veers left for a nice open 16 footer and he hits. Very strong play set by the Jazz. Pop takes a timeout.
2:27 left – Spurs 102-98 — 1st option on the play is to go to Millsap in the left block but Bonner denies and Millsap can’t get the ball. Jazz then go to option 2 nicely. Howard hits Harris at the top and quickly get into a pick and roll at the top of the key with Harris and Jefferson. Harris goes left kicks to Jefferson for the free throw line jumper and he hits. Jazz execution so far has been flawless.
1:49 left – Spurs 102-100 – Parker misses, Jazz have transition opportunity and Howard throws awful outlet pass that is stolen. Turnover.
1:25 left – Spurs 102-100 – Howard with the steal. Great transition defense by Spurs. Jefferson in left block. As he goes to work Spurs double with Bonner. Jazz spacing is not as good as Howard is in the right block standing next Millsap allowing Richard Jefferson to guard both players. Jefferson passes out to Harris. Howard flashes to the free throw line. Same play as before, but last time he was at the three point line. Howard goes 1 on 1 and misses the runner. Hayward was wide open in right corner but has not been making that shot. Jazz got Howard on a runner but the play was never smooth out of the inbound wth :14 on the shot clock. Howard shot with :09 Jazz rushed this a little. Offensive tip by Jefferson no good, next rebound in Millsap arm’s and gets ripped away.
:39.8 left – Spurs 102-100 – notice time difference from Howard’s turnover at 1:49. Jazz only get 1 chance in 1:10. Spurs brilliant use of the clock. Jazz make an initial quick look to Jefferson in left block. Hayward couldn’t get free on the left wing to make the entry pass. Harris astutely re-sets the play with a wing pass to Howard on right wing who then re-sets Harris.
The Jazz then run into a high pick and roll with Harris and Jefferson at top of the key. The pick by Jefferson is at the top of the three point line straight away and he flairs to the right elbow. Harris finds Jefferson and he misses the jumper. This is the same play that worked at the 2:27 mark. The lack of a three point shooter hurts the Jazz because Neal slides in off Hayward on the left wing and never gives Harris any chance to really drive and therefore, Duncan is able to get back to Jefferson and effect the shot. Execution was as good as it could have been again.