Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Warriors' Postgame Comments Following Game 1 Win Over Jazz


Draymond Green might not have led the Warriors in scoring on Monday night, but he was Golden State's most important player. This rare overlap was on full display Tuesday night: Their comfortable, methodical 106-95 Game 1 victory over the Jazz 1 was largely overshadowed by the Celtics' thrilling overtime win against the Wizards.

Utah Jazz starting point guard George Hill will not play against the Golden State Warriors in Game 2 due to left big toe soreness. Utah trails the Warriors 0-1 in the second-round series. The Business Journal reports that NBC Sports Bay Area's Warriors game ratings are down by ten percent compared to last year's playoffs (when the channel was CSN Bay Area).

Boston took a 2-0 series lead in overtime, as Isaiah Thomas scored 53 points - the fifth Celtic to score 50 or more in a playoff game, and the first since Ray Allen in 2009.

It would be impossible for the Jazz to shoot worse than it did at the start of the first and fourth quarters, when they missed all 12 of their shots while getting run 9-0 and 10-0.

"We picked up right where we left off", said guard Stephen Curry of the team that swept Portland in the first round to earn the extended break. Steph Curry sat out most of the fourth quarter, after suffering the marginally concerning ankle tweak seen above in the second half. The Warriors notched 32 assists in the game, which was just slightly above their regular season average of 30.4, but they did something remarkable in the process. They also did a fantastic job in containing Utah's star player, forward Gordon Hayward, as they held him to only 12 points on 4-of-15 shooting.

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Realistically, the Jazz could only hope to gain a split in the first two road games of the best-of-seven series. Jazz head coach Quin Snyder wrote one word on the chalkboard in the locker room prior to their Game 7 win at LA against the Clippers: "Compete".

You sometimes worry about a team with a long layoff before a playoff series against an opponent that's in a rhythm from playing more recently, but this Warriors squad always felt above all that.

Both teams did have some early-series sloppiness, though Golden State's margin for error is quite a bit larger and their fresher legs showed through eventually. "We were beat up so it was good to get our guys back healthy".

After that, it was Jazz-Warriors in the Western Conference semifinals and Utah won in five games.

In other words, the Jazz are a great three-point shooting team overall, but they have to start playing like one. Despite all their statements in pre-game interviews about such not being the case, when push came to shove the Jazz looked overwhelmed against the Warriors.

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