Final Score: Warriors: 124, Jazz: 123
- WHAT. A. GAME.
- This game was back-and-fourth almost the entire time. The Jazz secured the lead late in the second quarter, but it didn’t last too long. The Warriors started showing up in the third quarter and brought Utah’s lead down to three points. Then the fourth was a different story. The Jazz and Warriors went head-to-head down to the last final seconds. If it wasn’t for Jonas Jerebko’s tip off of Kevin Durant’s missed jumper, Utah might’ve had a chance at the W.
- I’ve heard a lot of people voice their opinion about the Warriors possibly running the West this season. However, the Jazz just gave them a run for their money. Yeah, Utah finished fifth in the West last season, which isn’t terrible compared to the teams they were competing with and yes, they lost tonight (but only by one point). Yet, this Jazz team keeps improving and tonight’s game showed us that they’re capable of being a serious threat and keeping up with a team like the Warriors.
- Donovan Mitchell was a little rickety towards the beginning, but finally showed up as the game progressed. After going 7-for-23 from the field and 4-for-12 from the three-point line, the sophomore guard ended the night with 19 points, two boards and three assists.
- Ricky Rubio is still a great point guard. He was the only Jazz player to end the night with a double-double, dishing out 10 assists and dropping 13 points. Rubio was on point with his passes tonight, but when is he not?
- Joe Ingles isn’t the most athletic guy in the league, to say the least. However, he’s proven to be a key piece to the puzzle for the Jazz. Ingles led Utah in points with 27, after shooting 10-for-15 from the field and 7-for-11 from beyond the arc. He’s definitely a dark horse in the NBA.
Golden State Warriors:
- Kevin Durant. Jeez. Not one player on the Jazz could stop him from doing his thing. Durant was already at 24 points after the first half, and continued to drop dimes to rack up a team-high of 38 points along with nine rebounds.
- The Warriors sent the Jazz to the line 29 times. Yes, 29. Considering how close the score was tonight, that definitely had something to do with it. Maybe if the Warriors focused more on not fouling, they wouldn’t have to depend on last minute buzzer beaters.
- Draymond Green brought the sass tonight. Which shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone. Green ended the night with five personal fouls, a team-high. Green needs to meditate, and learn how to take a deep breath before reacting to opposing players. Just for the good of the team.
- Steph surprisingly didn’t show up until the third quarter. He dropped 16 in the third, maybe it was about his bloody nose. No matter what the reason was, Steph kicked it into high gear and ended the night with 31 points after going 13-for-24 from the field and five-for-nine from beyond the arc.
- The Warriors offense was a little sloppy towards the beginning of the game, and I think that’s why the Jazz were able to cling on for so long. Golden State has obvious and effective chemistry, but sometimes it just seems a little forced. They need to focus on their fundamentals. As the season continues, I’m sure they’ll find their sweet spot again.