5 reasons the Golden State Warriors won't win the National Basketball Association title

This is nothing new for a Utah squad that used 23 different starting lineups throughout the 82-game season because of injuries and illnesses.

With Hill sidelined, fellow guards Shelvin Mack and Dante Exum can expect some added playing time. Against Utah, the only late-game drama came with 12 seconds left, when deep reserve James Michael McAdoo bricked a three-pointer to ensure that the Jazz covered the double-digit point spread.

On Tuesday, Golden State's size and versatility allowed them to switch on screens without giving up many mismatches, and ensuring the Jazz wouldn't walk out of Oracle Arena with a surprise victory.

Snyder said it's clear to him that his standout point guard hasn't been the same because of the toe injury.

"Everybody knows we have great red rock and everybody knows we have great snow, but they don't know we have this incredible urban core", Beck said. He was battling the same thing in the Clippers series. "We weren't clicking making shots early on but our defense really gave us an opportunity to find that flow, and that's what you need in the playoffs".

Jazz forward Joe Ingles, an Australian who has played in Utah for the last three seasons, jokingly suggested that Warriors players rent a jet to fly to LA or use his auto to drive to Las Vegas. "For guys like myself and George, we're always composed out there on the court".

"Are we going to be good, or not good?" Kevin Durant wasn't around for the We Believe team, but he's already internalized one of the morals of its story.

5 reasons the Golden State Warriors won't win the National Basketball Association title

Stephen Curry tweaked his left ankle in Game 1 of the Golden State Warriors' second-round series against the Utah Jazz and was held out of practice on Wednesday.

Draymond Green scored Golden State's first six points of the fourth quarter and wound up with 17 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two more blocks to bring his remarkable five-game playoff swat total to 19. The visitors also had 17 turnovers, which led to 20 points for the Dubs. Joe Johnson had 11 and the team's All-Star Gordon Hayward struggled with just 12 points.

Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown, who was filling in for the ailing Steve Kerr, said: "Every time they went on a run, it seemed we locked in and responded". It's this team's character, though, to try to fight through adversity. With Green on the bench, they rattled off pick and rolls featuring Hayward and Gobert, forcing JaVale McGee to a decision - and, well, for all his improvement under the Warriors' tutlelage, McGee is exactly the guy the opponent will want to force to make a decision. But that's not how the game is actually played.

People sit at the bar at Gracie's Bar and Restaurant, in Salt Lake City Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

You get to a point where hopefully a few days off will calm it down a little bit. Among those present: PG Baron Davis, SG Jason Richardson, SF Stephen Jackson and backup PG Monta Ellis, one of two team members (along with Golden State's Barnes), who remain active in the league.

"If you have those moments where you're not urgent enough", Snyder said, "they just punish you for it".

  • Julie Sanders