Spurs Vs. Jazz: Why Utah's Big Lineup Isn't Working

It's early, but the San Antonio Spurs are out to a quick start against the Utah Jazz in Game 4 of their 2012 NBA Playoffs first-round series. This is happening despite the Jazz going big and starting Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Al Jefferson together, a lineup that did a lot of damage late in the season.

But once again, the Spurs are tearing this lineup to shreds. Why? Spacing. San Antonio has resisted the temptation to match up, sticking with Boris Diaw at power forward. By keeping true to who they are, the Spurs are able to get wide-open looks by spacing the floor off the pick and roll. Meanwhile, on the other end, the Jazz aren't getting good enough open looks off their motion because San Antonio is packing the paint.

The Jazz's unique lineup worked during the regular season because they forced other teams to match up to them. The Spurs are consistently declining, and it's the key to their success.

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