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AP Photo/Eric GayAfter Wednesday's win, the Spurs get a week's rest before the Finals.

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JAZZ-SPURS RESEARCH NOTES

• Since the postseason format expanded to 16 teams in 1984, this is only the second Conference Finals that has not featured either the No. 1 or No. 2 seed. The only other time it happened was in 1990, when the No. 3 Blazers beat the No. 5 Suns to advance to the NBA Finals.

• The team that wins Game 1 of a best-of-seven Conference Finals wins the series 80.6% (79-19) of the time. Best-of-seven Conference Finals began in 1958. Prior to that, Conference Finals were best-of-two or best-of-three games.

• The Jazz have lost 16 straight games to the Spurs in San Antonio (all in the regular season). Their last win in San Antonio was Feb. 28, 1999. Karl Malone (30 points) and John Stockton (14 points, 10 assists) led Utah to the win that day. Current Spurs guard Jacque Vaughn was on that Utah team.

• The Spurs better win at home in this series. In their postseason history against Jazz, the Spurs are 4-3 against the Jazz in San Antonio. The Spurs have never beaten the Jazz in a postseason game in Utah (0-8).

• Notes compiled by Peter Newmann, ESPN research

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PLAYER MATCHUPS

JAZZ SPURS
D. WilliamsD. Williams
Points: 16.2
Rebounds: 3.3
Assists: 9.3
PGT. ParkerT. Parker
Points: 18.6
Rebounds: 3.2
Assists: 5.5
D. FisherD. Fisher
Points: 10.1
Rebounds: 1.8
Assists: 3.3
SGM. FinleyM. Finley
Points: 9.0
Rebounds: 2.7
Assists: 1.3
A. KirilenkoA. Kirilenko
Points: 8.3
Rebounds: 4.7
Assists: 2.9
SFB. BowenB. Bowen
Points: 6.2
Rebounds: 2.7
Assists: 1.4
C. BoozerC. Boozer
Points: 20.9
Rebounds: 11.7
Assists: 3.0
PFT. DuncanT. Duncan
Points: 20.0
Rebounds: 10.6
Assists: 3.4
M. OkurM. Okur
Points: 17.6
Rebounds: 7.2
Assists: 2.0
CF. ElsonF. Elson
Points: 5.0
Rebounds: 4.8
Assists: 0.8

TEAM STATS (Regular Season)

  JAZZ SPURS
PPG 101.5 98.5
RPG 42.5 40.7
APG 24.7 22.1
FG% 47.427 47.393
FT% 74.330 75.051
3P% .335 .381

SEASON SERIES

Series tied 2-2
Nov 29, 2006 @UTAH 83, SA 75Recap | Box Score
Dec 28, 2006 @SA 106, UTAH 83Recap | Box Score
Jan 31, 2007 @UTAH 97, SA 93Recap | Box Score
Mar 30, 2007 @SA 102, UTAH 93Recap | Box Score

PLAYOFF HISTORY

UTH SAS
Championships: 0 Championships: 3
Last Championship: N/A Last Championship: 2005
Last Season:
Did not qualify
Last Season:
Lost in Western Conference semifinals

Injury Report

UTAH JAZZ

uth No recent injuries

SAN ANTONIO SPURS

sas No recent injuries

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