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