Earlier this season, Earl Watson, all 73 inches and 199 pounds of him, stood up to 7-footer Dirk Nowitzki when he didn't like how the big German treated a teammate.
Months later, Watson openly invited 6-foot-11 DeMarcus Cousins, who is more menacing than the Mavs' MVP, to bump into him like he had against Devin Harris on multiple occasions.
So, if you think going up against an NBA powerhouse like the San Antonio Spurs intimidates the Jazz's feisty spark plug, well, please re-read those first two sentences.
And Utah is well aware coaching wizard Gregg Popovich has worked his magic to turn his crew into the Western Conference's best team and a legit NBA title contender.
But Watson — and his teammates — say the underdog Jazz aren't about to back down now that an imposing San Antonio squad stands in their way for the next two games.
"To get to the playoffs you can't run from certain teams," Watson said. "You have to face every challenge and embrace it."
The Jazz better bear hug the heck out of the Spurs during their important back-to-back set today in Alamo Country and Monday in the Beehive State.
One or two wins should keep Utah in the mix as it remains a couple of games in the loss column behind Houston and Denver, and only a game in the loss column behind Dallas for the final playoff spots.
Getting swept by the Spurs could be disastrous for Utah's postseason hopes, considering the rough week the Jazz have even after their Texas two-step.
After their quick home pit stop Monday, they head back to the Lone Star State for a critical contest against Houston on Wednesday, followed by their final back-to-back of the season in New Orleans (where they lost in February) and at Memphis (a surging squad).
For now, the "just take it one game at a time" line both Watson and Harris rattled off this weekend seems appropriate.
Which brings the Jazz back to San Antonio for this Sunday night showdown.