Originally Posted by DRUMGEE
There is 4 reasons the playoffs are a different beast:
1-The game slows down. This will suit both the Rockets and Jazz, but I will give the Jazz an edge here, nobody outexecutes Utah in a halfcourt set. You don't beat Utah playing their game, wich means Houston has to run. Did you see yao try to run against Pheonix.
2-Better preperation and focus on opponent. What else do you learn about Utah? The only new aspect to the Jazz's game is a 7 footer who is a clutch outside threat. Anybody else notice they run some of the same plays for Okur that they did for Hornacek? The Jazz meanwhile are really a cerebreal team, they will pick up on something over the course of this series.
3-Homecourt advantage. Like I said before, Utah's homecourt advantage is going to be huge in the first round. From the fans to the the altitude.
4-Superstars. Stars Play when the lights are on. Houston has a serious advantage, but Deron is going to break out.
Mkay first, the Spurs can outexecute the Jazz in a halfcourt set.
Two, if you slow it down, you had BETTER put a great rebounder in the post because 4 of the 5 starters are good rebounders and the back up center is also a good rebounder. When Yao and C. Hayes are in the post together not much is going to get by the two so.....
If you lose the reboinding battle you lose the game. Period.