The San Antonio Spurs handled the Utah Jazz pretty well in the series opener, but have a lot of work to do to make this series short.
In Game 1, the Spurs pounded it on the inside, scoring 58 points in the paint compared to only 44 by the Jazz which is surprising considering Utah's advantage in size.
With Tiago Splitter doubtful for Game 2, DeJuan Blair will have to pick up the slack. Blair did a fine job last time around and his previous success against the Jazz should give him more confidence as the series progresses.
Tony Parker remains the key to San Antonio's success in this series. If the French point guard can keep penetrating and be in attack mode like in Game 1, the Spurs will be hard to stop.
However, they need to sort some things out in order to make sure, they take command in this series.
* Transition defense - the Spurs allowed 23 fastbreak points in Game 1 while scoring just 16 points of their own, San Antonio has to make Utah earn their points and not allow easy baskets.
* Control the boards - the Jazz outrebounded the Spurs 39-45 in Game 1, which is not too bad. However, it's clear that they have to do a better job on the glass. Tim Duncan needs some help down-low.
* Protect the rim - I know easier said than done, but Utah had eight blocks last Sunday compared to the Spurs two. The starting unit did not produce a single block for the game.
* Make those 3s - San Antonio actually pull away, when they start making their 3-pointers near the end of the third quarter in Game 1, still they just managed to make 6-of-17 attempts (35.3 percent) from beyond the arc, to Utah's 4-of-13 makes (30.8 percent). I'm not saying, they should jack-up those 3-pointers, but as the league's best in 3-point accuracy, they should do better.
* Hit the freebies - In Game 1, the Spurs made 20-of-28 from the line (71.4 percent), while the Jazz went 23-of-30 (76.7 percent), with Gordon Hayward going 12-of-12 from the foul line.
Both teams will adjust in Game 2, but these are some of the things the Spurs should focus on make sure they hold serve.
While they should be concerned about Utah's size advantage, they must also keep Hayward from attacking the lane they way he did in Game 1.
If San Antonio can make these adjustments, the Spurs should head to Utah leading the series 2-0.
(Photo via ESPN/NBA)