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Playoffs Mailbox: Matt Harpring


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Matt Harpring has been an integral part of the Jazz's 20th straight playoff appearance as he was second on the team in scoring.

Matt answered your questions on Friday, April 25:

Q: Matt, what do you think is the most important thing your team will have to do to beat the Kings?
-- Karl (Toronto)

Harpring: We have to control the tempo of the game and play our style of basketball, which means we need to execute.


Q: I was watching one of your games the other day, and I was amazed at how well you and your teammates run some of the simplest plays and make them work like a complex and confusing plays. Why is it that the Jazz can take simple plays such as the pick-and-roll, give-and-go, back-door pass, etc. and make them work so well?
-- Ty (Mattawan, Mich)

Harpring: Because we have guys like Karl Malone and John Stockton that have been doing this for so long. They make everything seem easier on the court for everyone else.


Q: Do you enjoy being on the Jazz? Do you think you have found your home here in Utah? How do you like playing with Stockton and Malone?
-- Shantel (Highland, Utah)

Harpring: I do enjoy being with the Jazz, I hope I have found a home here. I really enjoy the city, I really like it here. I really like playing with John and Karl, I feel like I can learn from them. I have learned a lot from this year. They bring a serious attitude towards the game of basketball.


Q: You have a similar role player to Jeff Hornecek in the Jazz lineup. What's it like being the third man playing next to the greatest duo in NBA history?
-- Vince (Chandler, Ariz.)

Harpring: It's fun! Playing with two of the all-time greatest players in NBA history, I've learned a lot from them this year.


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