Personally, I wanted to strangle Boler tonight. About three minutes left, he started talking like the Jazz had already won the game.
I yelled. I screamed. I did a yell-scream.
"This is the freaking Warriors! All they need is four straight 3's wrapped around three straight stops! How often do the Jazz go three straight possessions without scoring? All the freaking time! How often do the Warriors go on a run of 3's? All the freaking time! So shut up!"
I did it again when Boler did the same stinking thing with about 40 seconds left, right when Trey was about to miss two FT's.
But in the end, it didn't matter. Jingles saved Trey's butt with the offensive rebound, and that turned out to be the game.
I was looking for a good metaphor for the game, and Ginger Bair (@1tobeamup) brought up Gattaca:
I thought it a good one. Mostly because I think it does give us a little insight in how a team like the Jazz can win games against a team like the Warriors. "I never saved anything for the swim back" Vincent says. Well, the Jazz aren't saving anything for the playoffs. I don't think that really explains tonight—sometimes a team just plays well while the other team doesn't.
But still, it was an interesting thought to me.
I also randomly thought that Angry Quin (like when the Warriors, very predictably, didn't die and give up with 3:00 left) kind of reminded me of someone else when angry:
Back to the game:
- Gordon Hayward beasted: 26 points, 15 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals. Holy crap.
- Trey Burke, Trevor Booker, Elijah Millsap, and Rudy Gobert all played well off the bench.
- Derrick Favors gave the team 15 points (including 4 pretty important ones off jumpers in crunch time) to go with 4 rebounds (thanks for stealing them all, Gordo) 2 assists, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
For the Warriors, nobody besides Curry and Barbosa did much tonight. Combine all those factors, and you get a nice win at home over a very good team. And no matter how unseriously the Warriors likely took the Jazz threat tonight, the Jazz had a statement to make:
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