The Golden State Warriors did the Utah Jazz a great honor, they treated this game as an actual game, and didn't just sleepwalk through it all. The final result was a 103-85 win for the NBA Champions, a game they had to actually play to win. The Jazz didn't just hand it to them, coming close a few times to completely eliminating the Warriors lead. Of course, the harder you push against these guys, the harder they push back. And the final score truly isn't indicative of how close this game was at times. However, it has to be pointed out that the final score is not indicative of how close these two teams are. The Jazz just aren't in the same stratosphere as the Warriors, not with two starters ( and ) out. Yes, Golden State was once again without the talents of , but they got a gimmie tonight with the exceptionally poor shooting from three of the Jazz' only offensive players.
, the first option, had 6 points at halftime and finished the game with 8. He shot 2/15 from the floor, was 0/5 from three, but at least he went 4/4 from the line. He was working hard all game long, and had 8 rebounds and 1 assists in his 32 minutes of action. But 8 points off of 15 shots isn't so hot.
, the second option, was also having a poor shooting night. He turned it around in the fourth quarter as the Jazz made a push. He finished with 17 points (7-16 shooting), 9 rebounds, 2 blocks, and 1 assist. also was 1/6 for a long stretch of the game, but ignited (as usual) in the fourth to salvage his numbers -- finishing with 13 points (5/12, 1/1, 2/2), 3 rebounds, and 1 assist.
Two Jazz players did have solid offensive games, and didn't need the 4th quarter to get into the groove. Starter Rodney Hood played 37 minutes, and had 15 points (6/11, 3/5 from deep), 4 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal. Bench bomber had 13 points (6/14, 1/5), 3 assists, 2 steals, and 1 block in 28 minutes.
If the Jazz are expecting to win games on the offense of five players alone, you can't expect to win when three of them shoot poorly for three quarters.
Aside from them, Raul Neto's potential, and the whisper of competency of you have a core group that still sorely misses Dante and Rudy.had a nice quadruple-couple game (6 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals) and finished with 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and 1 steal. If you add in
The Dubs were the Dubs tonight. They played their game. They took advantage of turn overs. They spread the floor and shot over 40% from downtown, while shooting more than 20 threes. They failed to miss a free throw. And their best players were all resting in the fourth quarter while the Jazz tried to make a game of it.
You have to take your hats off to them. And respect that they respected the Jazz enough to play them and finish this game.
Utah plays next at home, hosting the Los Angeles Clippers after Christmas. See you then, Jazz fans!