Okay, I'm not crazy about the Golden State Warriors. A huge part of it is historical, after the Utah Jazz took the Los Angeles Lakers to 7 games in the second round of the 1988 playoffs things were looking up. The Jazz were a good defensive club and filled with young players playing out of their minds. They had vets who did a great job at two or three things, and a younger coach who was ready to lead the team forward. And then in the very next playoffs they ran into the Warriors, and lost in the first round. It wasn't pretty. Don Nelson out-coached Jerry Sloan by recognizing that he didn't have any of the size necessary to fight a conventional war, so he took to the side streets and make it an issue of speed and mobility. The Dubs had a lot of it, and the Jazz very little. And the final score of that series stands as a lesson to all. That lesson being "Golden State sucks".
Well, maybe that's not the full lesson. The full lesson is to be mindful of matchups. Tonight that's going to be key if the injury reports are true: Andrew Bogut and David Lee are both doubtful for tonight. And really, there's no reason for them to play. The Warriors, aside from crazy Cleveland and the strong San Antonio, have nothing to fear with their schedule right now. And the Jazz aren't anything to fear ever, right now.
For the record, them missing their best rebounders should hurt them. But I think they use their mobility to try to get to the ball faster than we can. It'll be interesting to see how we match up.
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We're missing only Brandon. And it will be fun to see if new guy Erik Murphy will be ready to go. Usually you needed one practice before getting in the game for the Jazz. I don't know if that's the case anymore. What's also likely to change will be our over-all record against the Dubs. The Jazz are 102-63 all-time in the regular season against Golden State. Sadly, Utah is only 38-44 in their gym, but that's close enough to .500 to show just how bad a franchise they are. They are so bad that we're almost .500 in their gym. That should make them feel bad!
Zoidberg-isms aside, tonight will be a fun game. If they are missing their bigs we have the size advantage. Instead I predict we'll try to match up with their speed. Which means, hopefully, Alec for 30+ mpg.