Jazz try to sort out transition defense, unique Warriors style

Jazz try to sort out transition defense, unique Warriors style

They defeated the Jazz 106-94 at Oracle Arena, leading by at least 10 points for more than 23 minutes of the 24-minute second half. He and Klay Thompson led the Warriors to a huge run to start the second quarter, as the Warriors quickly turned a 6-point lead into a double-digit margin with only those two starters on the floor.

"He's been fighting that for most of the year, and fighting it last series", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said on Thursday at shootaround.

The Jazz and Warriors will play Game 3 back in Utah on Saturday.

However, the Jazz will unfortunately be without one of their starters in point guard George Hill for the Game 2 matchup. The Jazz actually did a solid job of slowing the pace and playing at their tempo otherwise (the game was played at a 92 possession pace, right in Utah's wheelhouse and very slow by the Warriors' standards), but all these easy points were way too much to overcome. "I think our defense to start the first quarter gave us a chance to settle in offensively and find our rhythm". "And that's what you need in the playoffs to really assert yourself and get the momentum on your side".

The Jazz looked tired and considering they are coming off a seven-game series where they narrowly beat the Los Angeles Clippers, Golden State had the plenty of time to rest and get healthy for the second round.

Gordon Hayward, harassed into 4-for-15 shooting, finished with 12 points for the Jazz, as did reserve Rodney Hood.

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Down by as many as 17 in the first half, the fifth-seeded Jazz managed to hang within 82-73 in the final minute of the third period.

If they don't get careless or lose focus... the Warriors are going to win this series fairly easily, because Utah has to play its absolute best to be competitive in this series, and that is not easy to do against the Warriors.

After the game, though, Curry said it was no biggie, calling it "routine maintenance", per Slater. At over seven feet tall, Gobert's strength and size were expected to be a problem for the Warriors, but their defensive strategy held the young star in check. He also found time for seven rebounds and five assists.

Kevin Durant added 17 points on an uncharacteristically cold shooting night at 7 for 17 and had five rebounds and five assists. Golden State was smothering in Game 1, led as always by Draymond Green's remarkable brand of controlled chaos. The Warriors committed just seven turnovers, but they forced 14, which they turned into 20 points.

"We picked up right where we left off", said guard Stephen Curry of the team that swept Portland in the first round to earn the extended break. The injury has lingered throughout the season and kept the ninth-year veteran from 16 regular-season games. With only Green at the rim, and Exum lying in wait of Hayward, who is cutting ahead of the fray for a potential lay-up, the Jazz looked to be guaranteed a basket. I see it when I watch him, his ability to get back and his ability to defend the ball, it's hard.

The Jazz do have experience playing without Hill.

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