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Western Conference Playoffs Round 1: #3 Memphis Grizzlies vs #6 Utah Jazz

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  1. JFace907

    JFace907 Ron F'n Swanson

    Jul 1, 2010
    Season History
    In the 2 game season series these teams split with the road team winning each matchup. Also these two teams conducted one of the blockbuster trades of the season with each other when the Jazz sent Al Jefferson and pieces to Memphis for Mike Conley, Luke Ridnour, and Mo Speights. Memphis is bringing two award winners into this series as Terrance Owens has won the ROY and Josh Smith has won DPOY while the Jazz don't even have a member of the All NBA teams. This is going to be an interesting series to watch where home court is vital. Both these teams are known for their extremely loud crowds and it should be a pleasure to see these two square off.​
    Matchup to Watch
    Paul Millsap vs Josh Smith​
    Millsap is the heart and soul of this Jazz team. When he gets it going this team is hard to stop. However, Josh Smith is someone who is known to have given him fits. Both are undersized 4's but Josh Smith is the superior leaper and that has been what has caused Millsap trouble due to his flat jumper. If Millsap can use some of his post moves he can score the ball on Smith, but he is going to need help from his outside shooters to prevent frequent double teams. For Smith a nice faceup game will do wonders for him as Millsap is not the quickest going side to side. ​
    If the Rookie of the Year is ever considered an X-Factor, its right here. The man they call TO has given Utah fits in the past and we expect him to do it again here. The young man from Texas A&M averaged 15 points and 6 assists a game this year and is the main reason why Mike Conley is now in a Jazz uniform. If he can slice through the Jazz defense it opens up the court for everyone else on his team. We think this kid could go off and be leave the Jazz frustrated and coach Ty Corbin struggling to make adjustments.​
    When the series is all said and done, it will ultimately be the first team to win on the road who will win the series. That team will be Memphis in Game 6. Memphis 4 games to 2.​

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  2. JFace907

    JFace907 Ron F'n Swanson

    Jul 1, 2010
    Game 1
    UTAH 84
    Memphis 76

    Memphis came out on fire in this one scoring the first 8 points of the game but after that the Jazz would rally and take a lead they would never relinquish. The Jazz at one point led by as much as 15 as they consistently kept their lead at around 8 points or more. Paul Millsap was the star of the game going 11 for 18 from the field scoring 22 points and grabbing 13 boards. Richardson Jefferson came off the bench and chipped in 15 going 6 of 10 from the field (3 of 4 from deep). Utah stole home court early in a series where it is so vital.

    Game 2
    Utah 89
    MEMPHIS 92

    TO. That's all there is to say about this game. The rook tore into the Jazz D shredding them for 27 points and dished 7 dimes. Josh Smith was Mr. Everything for the Grizzlies scoring 15 points, grabbing 10 boards, blocking 3 shots, and he even got a steal. The Jazz got nice games from Millsap, Jefferson, and Burks but they just couldn't defend. In what some considered an early must win for the Grizzlies saw Memphis come through in the clutch evening the series at 1 as the teams head to Utah.

    Game 3
    Memphis 79
    UTAH 100

    Defense wins championships. That was the theme of this game as the Jazz held the Grizzlies to 43% from the field. The Jazz on the other hand had no problem filling the cup shooting just over 58% from the field and 59% from 3-point land. Millsap and Burks tied for leading scorer with 19 apiece while Richard Jefferson and Mike Conley finished with 18 and 15 respectively. Millsap and Conley also achieved double doubles with Millsap snagging 10 rebounds and Conley dishing 13 assists to go with their point totals. "When we guard and rebound i truly feel we are the best team in the League," head coach Ty Corbin said following the win. The Jazz keep home court and look to put the Grizzlies in a 3-1 hole in Game 4 before having to head back to Memphis. NOTE: Jamal Crawford went down in the 2nd court with a lower back strain and will not suit up for Game 4. A crushing blow to the backcourt depth of the Grizzlies.
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    JFace907 Ron F'n Swanson

    Jul 1, 2010
    Game 4
    Memphis 78
    UTAH 86

    Alec Burks. Enough said. The second year man from Colorado lit into the Grizzlies going 11 for 18 from the field for 33 points. "The best game of my short career. Without question. The basket felt like it was as big as the ocean out there." Defense again was key for the Jazz as big man Derrick Favors swatted 5 Grizzlies shots as the Jazz totaled 10 on the evening. The Jazz still maintain homecourt and will look to clinch the series on the road in Game 5.

    Game 5
    Utah 79
    MEMPHIS 90

    TO does it again. As we highlighted in the series preview Terrence Owens would have to be the X-Factor for this team to be successful and that he was. Although his jumper was off (9 of 24), he sliced through the Jazz defense going to the line 13 times and sinking 11 of his freebies. Al Jefferson also decided to finally show up in the series scoring 21 points and pulling down 13 boards in the win. "It was a great game but we really only did what we were supposed to do and protected home court," said Jefferson. The Grizzlies face another must-win game in Game 6 where they also look to take back home court.

    Game 6
    Memphis 77
    UTAH 89

    Home court. We talk about it all the time in basketball and how crucial it is to the team that has it. After the Jazz stole home court from the Grizzlies right away in Game 1 you had to have known something special was brewing. Something special it was. The Utah Jazz dominated the Grizzlies building a lead as high as 18 at one point as Energy Solutions Arena stayed rocking throughout the evening. Alec Burks again proved to be the hero in the home gym as he went off for 28 points and 10 rebounds his first career double double. "Burks was great. If he can do that the rest of the postseason, this team is going all the way," said head coach Ty Corbin. The Jazz now wait for the winner of the Rockets/Thunder series where the Rockets have the early edge. If they finish the Thunder off, the Jazz would get home-court from the start rather than having to try and steal as they did in this series.

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