Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/6/12

The Utah Jazz relied on a strong interior presence all season long.

That dominating post play, however, has yet to show up in the postseason. Now that

they're down 3-0 to the Spurs after Saturday's 102-90 Game 3 loss to the San Antonio

Spurs, history says it's too late.

Tony Parker lit the Jazz up again for 27 points and Tim Duncan added 17 points, but the

stat that told the story of this game was at the bottom of the boxscore.

Points in the paint: San Antonio 50, Utah 28.

Center Al Jefferson finally had a decent offensive showing (21 points), but Utah relied

on too many outside jumpers. On this night, the home rims weren't too kind as the Jazz

shot just 40.4 percent from the field.

Coach Tyrone Corbin offered a detailed explanation of what has made the Spurs so

effective in bottling up the Jazz bigs.

"They do a great job of pressuring the ball at the point first, and then the guys

coming out to the wing make you catch it at a bad angle, a step out from the free-throw

line," Corbin explained. "(Also) in the post, they are either fronting or bumping off

(our) spot and making Al and Paul (Millsap) catch it two, three steps off the post rather

than getting it deep."

Millsap only finished with nine points on 4-for-12 shooting.

The Jazz now have the unenviable task of trying to become the first team in NBA history

to rally from a three-game deficit to win a best-of-seven series. Game 4 is Monday night

at Utah.

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