Utah Jazz: Takeaways from Game 3 loss to Golden State Warriors
“Obviously, they are great players and are going to make plays”. Rudy Gobert was dominant in the paint and Gordon Hayward was causing damage like usual. They came away with another double-digit win in a 102-91 victory that only reached double-digits late in that fourth quarter.
This is exactly what GM Bob Myers had hoped for when Kevin Durant chose to sign with the Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant had 25 points with 11 rebounds and seven assists.
Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson had a combined 7 for 29 from the field and 3 for 15 from 3-point range, leaving Durant to lead the Warriors. While a lot of credit should go to Shelvin Mack for his dogged defense, Curry can not afford to have an off-night when he is lucky enough to get to go against backup point guards all night long. They are below their season averages in field goal percentage, but have limited their turnovers (12 a night.) which is something the Jazz need to do better at if they want to grab a game this series.
With a 3-0 series lead, the Warriors have all but secured a berth in the Western Conference Finals.
Kevin Durant is unstoppable in this series. When Curry enters the game with six minutes left in the fourth quarter after enjoying his usual rest, the Jazz just don’t have the talent to keep a lid on the Warriors’ offense. Golden State envisioned Durant, a player of unique size, skill and shooting ability, giving opposing defenses nightmares with his unrivaled capacity to score in a one-on-one situation.
The Jazz simply must turn things around to their side tonight and steal the win at all costs.
Utah started slowly, but gradually gathered momentum. An isolation scorer that couldn’t be slowed down by a defender. They made some shots down the stretch. Ultimately, Durant could have a date with his kryptonite, Lebron James. Durant was locked into the game, yelling at the Jazz’s mascot, getting mixed up with Gobert and drilling the dagger.
Looking at the betting trends, the Warriors are 8-0 ATS in their last eight road games, 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last five games against a team with a winning record.
“Golden state“, said Utah jazz in the final quarter.
Against the Jazz, the Warriors have posted 32 and 33 assists in the first two games.
Hayward and Gobert are young stars that will be fantastic, perennial all-stars probably, but they don’t have the horses to compete with the Warriors.
This Golden State team rattled off 14 straight wins without Durant when he went down with an MCL sprain in March. BPI is giving the Warriors a 35 percent chance to sweep the series.
But neither have the Utah Jazz. Over the last quarter and a half, the Dubs showed that they were the best defensive team in the National Basketball Association. “That’s why they’re who they are”. Then the Jazz played their best quarter of the series.
The Jazz will have to hope more of their shots start falling once back home. The Warriors finally overtook Utah again behind back-to-back baskets from Curry, who put Golden State up 67-66 after he missed his previous 10 shots.