Durant puts Warriors 3-0 up over Jazz
- Author: Julie Sanders May 18, 2017,
May 18, 2017, 2:57
When he saw shots weren't falling for his teammates, Kevin Durant went to work reviving the Golden State Warriors' offense.
If it is inevitable that the Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers meet in the NBA Finals again, the big matchup will be Durant and LeBron James.
Kevin Durant's brilliance in this game took some of the sting out of two awful performances from Golden State's All-NBA backcourt.
Curry finished with 23 points on 6-for-20 shooting.
On the other hand, the Jazz got solid contributions from Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert, but it still doesn't seem to be enough. Hayward had 29 points on 7-for-18 shooting, plus six assists. Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 15 rebounds.
After everything, the Warriors will walk out of Vivint Smart Home Arena, up 3-0 in this Western Conference Semifinals. In addition to hitting three three-pointers per game at a 54.5 percent rate, the All-Star is averaging 3.3 blocks and 2.2 steals. But, in the event of the Warriors continue to be locked in, this series could wrap up in as quick as four games.
Durant did a little bit of everything through four quarters.
Cumulatively, they resulted in a one-game suspension. The Jazz simply have no answer for him. But while the two of them were good, they could never match Durant or stop him at the other end.
Meanwhile, Durant slowly sliced apart Utah's defense.
This was the Kevin Durant that was in Oklahoma City.
Game 2 of the Warriors vs. Easy Money Sniper, as they like to call him, was also the primary ball handler down the stretch, in a tight game. He was a killer, doing things that the Jazz just could not respond to because when Durant is locked in, he's unstoppable.
The Jazz can start making vacation plans. The Warriors have won nine of their last 10 meetings with the Jazz, but Utah has covered the spread in both games in this series. "That is a WORD right there", followed by Durant's "Great job, bro", clearly impressed with the vocabulary. Seconds later, Adams hit him with a technical foul.
The Warriors are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 road games, 10-2-1 ATS in their last 13 games playing on 1 days rest and 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall.
Against the Jazz, the Warriors have posted 32 and 33 assists in the first two games.
The Warriors haven't covered in this series yet, but I think they will tonight. BPI is giving the Warriors a 35 percent chance to sweep the series. Golden State has 39 more attempts preceded by a pass. The Jazz' first lead of the series came with 1:01 left in the second quarter, almost 119 minutes.
As much as Utah Jazz fans had hoped and dreamed that their team would be the one to finally give the Golden State Warriors a challenge and perhaps even a run for their money, that's been far from the case so far. Over the last quarter and a half, the Dubs showed that they were the best defensive team in the National Basketball Association. 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. The Jazz just don't have the offensive firepower to handle all of Golden State's blows, and that's even more of the case when George Hill isn't on the court.
Utah made another charge later in the quarter.
The Golden State Warriors look to put a stranglehold on this series with a win in Game 3.
"You look at two of the best players in the game and you say they made some unbelievable shots that were timely", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said.