Game 44: Golden State Warriors (18-23, 8-11 on the road) @ Utah Jazz (21-22,16-6 at home)
Tonight the Utah Jazz will be hosting the new look Golden State Warriors. This will be the third game of a grand total of four against the "Dubs" this season. Previously the Jazz have split the season series so far, splitting the games in California. With the Jazz in Playoff Push mode and the remaining games in Utah -- perhaps we'll actually win the season series against them this year? A big factor in this, of course, is that we'll have to play two more games against them when they are tanking. Stephen Curry is 'resting' (just like David Robinson did years ago) right now, and Andrew Bogut is also out. And, for the Jazz, it's great that we'll play the Warriors w/o Monta Ellis. In his last three games against the Jazz he has gone for 35, 32, and 33 points. We've had no answer for him. Life gets easier now that that question (the question of how to guard Monta) is no longer being asked.
What's going on with the Warriors?
Stephen Curry is out. Andrew Bogut is out. Richard Jefferson will play. That all means you are taking to me. Sadly, we kinda need the Warriors to still win some games. The season stats for the Dubs do not really mean anything anymore because of their major trades and new decision to tank. But, well, they are #5 in points per game, and horrible at defense. And they play at a #8 pace in the league. All of these things we already knew. Oh, and they are #4 in the NBA in most threes made, and #3 in the NBA in three point %. So, we should give them layups instead. You know if we wanted to disrupt their game plan.
I'm not a big fan of this team, and I have no clue what they are going to do with their tank-a-paloza game plan. So, I guess I'll talk about David Lee. David Lee is having a good season, 19.2 ppg / 9.7 rpg. But no one seems to notice it outside of NoCal. When you are getting 20/10 on a bad team people tend to overlook you. He can talk about it with Al Jefferson -- no, wait, he can't, because Jefferson isn't even playing in this game. So I guess David Lee will just go out there and have to try to beat the Jazz by himself. I wish him luck.
After the Jump -- What's going on with the Jazz
What's going on with the Jazz?
We'll be without Raja Bell (Adductor), Earl Watson (Left Ankle), Al Jefferson (Granda's funeral), and no one has to guard Monta Ellis. It doesn't mean that this is going to be an easy game for the Jazz to win either. We're missing three rotation guys. And our three point attack (and defense) could always need some work. It's a lovely day outside and it's the weekend. So you are getting a very bad preview.
Go Jazz Go.