You know that whole "fake it till you make it" thing?
It appears that the San Antonio Spurs have broken Al Jefferson's will to fake it. Instead of spinning positive tales or believing there's a chance at a comeback while currently sitting 0-3 in a best-of-seven series, Jefferson seems resigned to the fact that his season is going to be over very soon.
Check out this quote from Jefferson via Spurs Nation:
Before Sunday’s practice, Jefferson essentially declared the Spurs to be NBA champions-in-waiting.
“I just think we’re playing against a team that is at its peak,” Jefferson said. “I don’t see nobody beating them.”
Jefferson’s comments were striking, considering Utah’s series with the Spurs is still in progress.
It's been a rough series for the Jazz. After dealing with injuries all season long and sneaking into the eighth spot in the Western Conference, only to have to face the top-seeded Spurs, the first three games have been learning experiences for Utah. That's a polite way of saying San Antonio has dominated the series.
While the eighth seed getting eliminated by the top seed is hardly a surprise, especially when the top seed is a team that has looked as strong as the Spurs all year, it is surprising to hear Jefferson slip up and admit that he doesn't believe his team (or any team, really) can get the job done.
Jefferson isn't the only one who is impressed with the Spurs. He is, however, the only one dishing out that sort of praise while still being engaged in a playoff series with them. Those are the things that you can say in your postgame interview after the 4-0 series sweep. They're not really what you're supposed to say before Game 4 takes place. Even if it's the truth.