Durant, Warriors push Jazz to brink of elimination
- Author: Julie Sanders May 07, 2017,
May 07, 2017, 19:55
This evening only three players (KD, Curry, Iguodala) met that benchmark. The Jazz' first lead of the series came with 1:01 left in the second quarter, almost 119 minutes. Reminder that Durant is a major part of the Players Tribune, so maybe he'll make use of a new word next time he contributes.
If the offense struggled, the area the Warriors can tip their hat for the win, it would undeniably be defense. They've put themselves in great shot taking positions, averaging 1.18 expected points per shot attempt. He drained step-back and fadeaway jumpers, cut to the rim for layups and buried timely 3-pointers. It lasted exactly 8 seconds until David West scored for Golden State. Since a win might mean another lengthy rest period the Dubs goal should be to focus on refining all aspects of their game. He attempted to warm up before Game 3 on Friday before the determination was made that he could not play.
Clearly the Warriors will win the series, but they need to be cautious in the next outing. Sorry, Jazz fans, your team's season is over, likely on Monday when Game 4 takes place.
The Jazz took a 50-49 lead into halftime after closing the second quarter on a 12-5 run highlighted by Rodney Hood's 3-pointer triple that gave the Jazz their first lead of the series at 48-47. Rudy Gobert added 21. Golden State hasn't had to work terribly hard to win by double digits in Games 1 and 2, they just couldn't win by 14 or more.
Realistically there isn't much more the Jazz could have asked for in tonight's loss.
At the half, Durant was the only Warrior in double-digit scoring with 22 points.
A minor altercation occurred with 1:24 remaining in the contest, when Durant appeared to have shoved Gobert in the back on a boxout opportunity.
The Jazz continued the good defense in the fourth.
Utah led 75-74 early in the fourth quarter, but Golden State went on a 10-4 run and never trailed again. The Warriors were too good - although the Jazz certainly could have done more. He has done that when the Warriors needed it the most in this series. Golden State scored just seven fast-break points and finished with 17 assists. With that chance squandered away, game four could get ugly right out of the gate.
The Jazz were energized, but they just didn't have enough talent to top the Warriors. Klay Thompson had one of his worst shooting nights of his career, putting up only six points on one-of-nine shooting. The Warriors were able to match the defensive intensity of Utah, holding the Jazz to 39 percent from the floor, and 31.8 percent from deep. The Warriors won the battle of the boards 51-42. They didn't slow them down much in the third, but they kept the game close enough to not be too anxious about it. Curry struggled with shooting, but with around three minutes left in the third, he brought the team within one point of the Jazz.
While Stephen Curry has shot the ball well, it's been Draymond Green who has dominated the series for the Warriors. At the other end, Durant kept rolling, and was joined by Curry, finally finding his shot after seeing one three finally go down late in the third. Golden State has yet to lose in the playoffs.
Kevin Durant is unstoppable in this series. Rudy Gobert played a phenomenal game as well, scoring 21 points and corralling 15 rebounds, in addition to 4 assists and 2 blocks.
Game 2 of the Warriors vs. The Warriors relied on Durant to keep them close in the first half and help close it out in the fourth quarter.