Celtics forward Al Jefferson said Boston has a tough task guarding Tim Duncan tonight. With his game-face on, Jefferson outlined his strategy for guarding the Spurs All-Star:
“Just be physical with him,” said Jefferson. “Just make him uncomfortable. Make him catch the ball off the block. He’s a beast down there, so being physical with him is a big part of making him uncomfortable. Myself, I don’t like to catch the ball way off the block, because it makes me uncomfortable. With Tim Duncan, whatever we do, we need to make him feel the body and keep away from the zone where he feels like he can do anything.”
“It’s about just being patient and seeing where the double team is coming,” said Jefferson. “If there’s two guys on me it means somebody is open.”
Jefferson, averaging 13 points and 10 rebounds this season, was asked if he could average a double-double for the entire year.
“I can’t tell the future, but I can say I’m going to go out there and play hard every night,” he said.
He said he was happy with his play, but not with the overall direction of the team.
“It’s OK, but I love to win,” he said. “I feel like we’re playing well as a team, even if we’re not winning. I feel like we’re learning and we’re feeling a lot better.”