Jerry Sloan: Utah Jazz Need to Get Nasty

by May 03, 2010

Sloan says his team needs to get rough if they hope to avoid falling into an 0-2 hole against L.A. From the Deseret News: “Utah, down 14 in the second quarter, led 93-91 with just more than three minutes remaining. Its comeback bid ultimately fell short, it was enough for Sloan to yearn for more — much more — when Game 2 arrives Tuesday. ‘I just hope our guys come with enough toughness to withstand their toughness,’ he said. ‘They (the Lakers) will take your nose and stick it in the ground and turn around on their heels on top of ya. That’s how good they are. We have to learn to fight through that. If you want to play in this league and play in the playoffs, you have to get a little nasty,’ Sloan added. “Not hurt anybody, but (you can’t) accept getting your nose rubbed in the dirt.’ The message from Sloan, who caught some flak for using the ‘nasty’ word last postseason, was delivered both to the media and his team.”