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Russell
Russell
Bryon Russell KNOWS the playoffs, having been in the league for eight years and competing in the postseason eight times. His playoff averages are actually higher than his career averages (10.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg vs. 9.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg), so the Jazz are confident he will step it up when it counts. In Game 1 against the Kings, Utah lost a heartbreaker at ARCO Arena when several last-chance trey attempts fell short. Russell played 20 minutes and logged three rebounds.

After practice before Tuesday's Game 2, Russell took some time to answer fan e-mails.


Being that the Jazz are in a kind of unusual position (8th seed) this season, do you think that this might be an advantage to them as they are the underdogs and have nothing to lose so it takes a lot of pressure off? How well do you think we'll fare this year?
Femi
Bowie State, Md.

Russell: We are the underdog, and we're fine with that...this is an upset in the making.


Do you think that zone defense is the key to control the Kings' offense or do you prefer personal defense because of the shooters of the Kings? Good luck. We trust in you guys. Sorry for my English.
Rafael
San Salvador, El Salvador

Russell: We haven't used the zone, we have used man-on-man. We did an excellent job in the first game.


My heart sank when I saw the offensive goaltend that Padgett made. It was amazing seeing that you guys could hold off the Kings in the third quarter, where they looked more frustrated than ever. What vital parts of your team's defense stopped them?
Karen
Los Angeles

Russell: All of our defense stopped them, interior and exterior. Our bench came in and played well and helped stop the Kings as well.


I am 40 years old and have been an NBA fan since I was about 10. What is it like knowing that this may be one of the last years that Stockton and Malone may play together? It has been a joy watching them play all these years. They may both retire out of the NBA as two of the greatest players that never won a championship.
Mark
Riverton, Kan.

Russell: Playing with Karl and John right now is like playing with them when they were in the prime. I will continue to enjoy playing with them while they are both still with the team.


What do you guys have to do in order to pull of an upset of the top seeded Kings?
Roy
Chicago

Russell: Win! Win! Win!


What's the diference between a regular season game and a playoff game?
Gustavo
Sao Paulo, Brazil

Russell: Intensity and control of the game. Every possession counts.