San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker diced the Utah Jazz in their opening game to the tune of 28 points, 8 assists, and 53% shooting in 37 minutes in Game 1.
TP mostly did his damage by getting into the paint and teeth of Utah's defense and the Jazz know slowing Parker down is important if they want any shot at evening things up Wednesday night in San Antonio before the playoff series shifts to Utah.
And if it is up to Utah's Devin Harris, it would mean sending Parker a message by knocking him around a bit in order to slow him down.
"He's a challenge all around. He does a great job of getting in the paint, they run great stuff for him, and we've got to try and make him play a little more defense, try and limit his transition opportunities, limit his layups and maybe give him a hard foul or two."
Nice job there Harris but as much as I would hope this doesn't happen, I want to see Harris or any other Jazz player go ahead and take a shot at TP.
So far in these playoffs, we've seen some bonehead incidents but one of the biggest is Boston's Rajon Rondo bumping into ref Marc Davis which led to his suspension versus the Hawks in Game 2. So if Harris or other Jazz players want to do something stupid and risk either getting tossed out of the game or face a suspension should any hit on TP be deemed a flagrant foul 2, then go for it Utah. It will certainly help the Spurs secure another win and send Utah on an early summer vacation.
Besides, it is not like the Spurs don't have players who might send a message right back to Harris or any other Jazz member who fouls TP hard, namely firey Stephen Jackson or even TP's good friend Boris Diaw.
Hopefully, this talk from Harris is just posturing and trying to get into Parker's head but it be a real classless move on the part of any Jazz member looking to give Parker some hard fouls and risk and injury to Tony.
What do you have to say Spurs fans? I know you have a few choice words for Harris.
I don't think Devin Harris wants to hurt TP. I think it was taken out of context. I like the tactic though. He's trying to scare TP into taking more shots and less driving to the rim.
Basketball game is a physical game and contact is unavoidable but, to harm a player deliberately is another thing. Maybe harris' statement was taken in a bad light. He could mean a clean hard foul on TP but not done purposely. There are rules to follow and a deliberate hard foul could mean suspension and it could go the other way.
A hard foul does not have to be an ugly foul. And I think he means that he wants his bigs to give Parker a solid but fair bump in the paint after he gets caught on yet another screen.
@JohanBeijer Parker gets hit enough without fouls being called, SA does not need him to get hurt because devin harris cannot defend Parker. Do a better job defensively and there is no need for a hard foul.
You mean like the one rondo gave the ref?
@Regulator Weakest foul ever! :D If MWP gets only seven for the elbow he threwI don't think Rondo even should be suspended to be honest with you. Fined and reprimanded would be sufficient, just to remind him not to touch the ref.
@JohanBeijer i have to agree. i don't think Harris means to hurt anyone, but if he does commit a hard foul, it'll be his fault if the foul goes too far and he gets suspended, if that's the case.
This douche needs to be quiet, maybe he will need security here in San Antonio after stupid, inexcusable comments like that.
I understand the game of basketball and the purpose of hard fouls... I just think it's a pussy move.
If you can't guard your man... get better or get beat
@russman138 No a jazz player should try to take a shot at tp. Love to see a jazz player tossed or suspended for a game