Tony Parker Not Worried About Utah Jazz’s Plan to Foul Him Hard

by May 02, 2012
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The Utah Jazz seem to think they can slow down Tony Parker in Game 2 tonight by delivering a hard foul or two, but the Spurs’ point guard isn’t fazed by this at all. Per the Express-News: “The Utah Jazz flew back to Salt Lake City after Sunday’s 106-91 Game 1 loss at the AT&T Center, ostensibly hoping an answer to their Tony Parker problem would arrive out of thin mountain air. Apprised after Tuesday’s practice of the solution put forth by Utah’s Devin Harris — ‘Maybe give him a hard foul or two’ — Parker did his best to stifle a yawn. ‘It’s not the first time somebody has said that,’ Parker said. Indeed, it isn’t a playoff series until some opponent offers to deposit the Spurs’ All-Star point guard on his French derriere. After Parker ran unfettered for 28 points and eight assists in Game 1, he would have been almost insulted if nobody from Utah promised him bodily harm in tonight’s Game 2 at the AT&T Center. ‘My answer’s still going to be the same,’ Parker said. ‘I’m going to stay in attack mode.’ For the eighth-seeded Jazz, who returned to the Alamo City on Tuesday evening, Parker isn’t the only impediment in their quest to even the series against the top-seeded Spurs. Just the biggest one. Parker accomplished whatever he wanted in Game 1, often turning Harris and his backup, Jamaal Tinsley, into traffic cones on his frequent excursions into the paint. The best defense Utah could muster against Parker came a minute and a half in, when Harris accidentally clipped the heel of Parker’s shoe, forcing it off his foot.”