Jazz point guard George Hill out of Game 2 with toe injury
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 17:15
"All three of those", Curry said.
The Warriors have yet to trail against the Jazz and have forced early first-quarter timeouts from Quin Snyder in both games after sprinting out the gate each time. Utah looked outmaneuvered and outclassed against a rested Warriors squad on Tuesday night. After canning four three-pointers, the Jazz ran out to contest his shot and he beat them off the dribble to find Andre Iguodala for a layup. Hayward dropped 33 / 5 / 4 / 1 in this game and almost shot 50% from the field - as the primiary guy to defend, the focus of all of their defensive schemes.
"It wasn't easy", said Warriors coach Mike Brown - standing in for ailing head coach Steve Kerr. The Golden State Warriors have won seven straight road games. As the series transitions to Utah for the next two games, it will be interesting to see if some of those role players on the Jazz thrive off of being back on their home court.
Green is the man the Jazz can live with shooting the ball in comparison to gunslingers like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.
Hill has missed 33 games this season, with the Jazz going 18-15 in those games. Hill is questionable for Game 3.
On the offensive end, Hill may be even more helpful to Utah's efforts in Game 3.
Aldridge had managed just 19 points combined in the first two games, but stepped up in the wake of Parker's season-ending leg injury, scoring nine points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs pull away. Their lethal shooting and excellent passing make them almost impossible to stop once they start leaking out. Facing a 2-0 deficit, every game, especially the ones on their home court in front of the raucous home crowd, will be absolute must-wins for Utah.
"You have to finish out the game, finish out quarters, finish out possessions, not lose focus at all and just keep your foot on the gas pedal", added Curry. Leonard made the free throw to make it 78-72. Durant scored 25 points to go along with 7 assists.
PRESSURE IS ON: Gordon Hayward. Gordon Hayward kickstarted the Jazz's offense and trimmed the Dubs lead down to 10 (49-39).
The biggest scare came not from the Jazz but from Green, who after his Achilles-esque slaughtering of the Jazz, fell similar to the Greek hero as he was derailed by one small weak spot, which appeared to be his left hip. They also have not faced much of a challenge offensively or defensively in their first six games.
The same thing happened on Green's fourth three-pointer of the first quarter. Mills had 15 points in 30 minutes and Murray scored just two points in 15 minutes.
Hill may not have a place on the Jazz after this postseason. It's hard to defend a team that is capable of whipping the ball around the perimeter and everyone who catches it is more than comfortable hitting their shot.
Yet their runs didn't test the Warriors as much as they momentarily made the score closer. Golden State's spotty history in Game 3's coupled with Utah's huge homecourt advantage means that this upcoming game has all the markers of a trap game.