So, hey, the Jazz’s big lineup is starting to work again. Utah fell behind, 11-4, but now leads by one after a Spurs timeout midway through the first quarter.
One thing not mentioned before: the Jazz’s big lineup is an elite defensive unit. During the season, they held teams to just over 80 points per 100 possessions when in the game. It’s a limited sample, but with Derrick Favors protecting the rim, it makes sense. The lineup just wasn’t defending at the level it did during the regular season in this series.
When the Jazz defend, they run, especially at home. That’s kind of what is happening now, and it’s exactly why Utah’s back in the game.