Tuesday, May 1 2012, 11:37 AM MDT
Jazz Want Durant To Earn His Points
(KUTV) - The Utah Jazz host Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday night at 8:30 p.m. The Thunder (20-6)has an impressive road record of 11-5, which is second best in the league. The primary concern for Utah will be stopping or slowing down MVP candidate Durant.
“He is one of the best scorers, if not the best scorer in the league right now, Jazz coach Ty Corbin said.
“You have to try and give him different looks and you have to try and stay close to him at all times. You gotta make him work hard for everything he gets.
You got to be close to him, even if he is two steps behind the three point line because his range is that deep and he shoots it easy from a long way on the floor.”
Corbin went on to say that Durant thrives on the big stage, and the Jazz’s game plan will be to make him earn his points.
“You have to continue to make him work hard for everything he gets,” Corbin said. Body him a little bit and then try to make him work on the defensive end of the floor. Don't let him take breaks there to where he is fresh on the offensive end of the floor.”
The Jazz (13-11) have lost 4 of their last 5 games and are desperate for win, as they prepare for a big three-straight road stretch that ends with a Feb. 14 match-up at Oklahoma City.
(Copyright 2012 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)