Down 3-0 in their playoff series versus the San Antonio Spurs, the Utah Jazz seem over-matched in most facets of the game in their playoff series versus the Spurs.
The Spurs are looking much like an NBA championship team in these three playoff games and Utah's Al Jefferson feels the same way.
Now facing elimination, though Jefferson said can be beat, he also says the Spurs are playing like something he has never seen.
"Right now, they just playing well, man. I ain't never seen nothing like this," Jefferson said.
He added: "I'm happy to be in the playoffs. I'm happy to go through what I'm going through right now, because that's what it's all about. I just think we're playing against a team that is at its peak, and I don't see nobody beating 'em. … It's a great team. I just take my hat off to 'em. Mad respect."
Indeed the Spurs are just dominating the Jazz in this series. The Spurs took Utah's best shot in Game 3, yet found a way to get the win. And the way San Antonio is playing in the postseason, it should serve as a strong message to the rest of the playoff teams. This Spurs team is ready, deep, and is on a mission to capture the NBA crown yet again.
However, if you are a Jazz fan, I am sure you probably don't want to hear one of your stars seemingly tossing in the proverbial towel.
Well... the best teams in the league are sweeping their first round opponents (MIA, OKC, SAS) and I think we are inevitably going to play OKC in the WCF. But for 3 years now (KD era), we have shown that we match up well against OKC. We haven't faced them in the playoffs, but we have dominated them in the regular season and pretty convincingly on a couple occasions.
Even if we didn't have history on our side, I would pick the Spurs. But we do have history on our side, and I'm taking it.
As for the ECF, it's a little more cloudy. If Indiana keeps rolling I think that second round against Miami is going to be a very good series and I'm honestly not convinced that Boston can beat Philly in a 7 game series.
But, if I was a betting man...Miami and San Antonio in the finals.