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Old 05-11-2008, 02:57 PM   #1
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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Forget the fact that home teams in the second round of the NBA playoffs had gone undefeated until the Orlando Magic lost to the Pistons last night. The story tonight in San Antonio won't be about home cookin' It will be all about defense and who can play it best.

Hornets forward Peja Stojakovic said Saturday that several of the Spurs' 11 3-pointers in Game 3 were uncontested. But Scott came prepared with statistics showing why the Hornets need to improve their interior defense, where Spurs guards Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili took over.

Parker had 31 points on 12-of-24 shooting, and Ginobili finished with 31 points on 11-of-22 shooting.

"(Ginobili) had eight attempts in the paint, (and) he scored seven of them," Scott said. "He was 4-for-14 from the field on 2-point shots and 3-point shots. Tony Parker was 9-for-16 in the paint. That's where big men shoot the ball most of the time -- 9-for-16. Between those two guys, out of the 42 points they had in the paint, they had 32 of them, their guards. So we've got to do a better job of keeping them out of the paint, forcing them to shoot contested jump shots. That's the bottom line."

Scott said his team should already know its defensive rotations but will go over them again in the final practice before Game 4.

"We will run through it so much today, they'll probably be sick of it," he said.
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