Curry's 30 lead Warriors to sweep after 121-95 win over Jazz
- Author: Lawrence Cooper May 09, 2017,
May 09, 2017, 7:50
Golden State continued their ransacking through the Western Conference playoff bracket, finishing the sweep over Utah on Monday night. Snyder said his status hasn't changed and he'll likely be a game-time decision for Game 4.
However, the Jazz fought back in front of their home crowd during the second quarter. We've gotten better as the playoffs have gone on. And when two teams seem so destined for a Finals collision course, it can make the rest of the postseason seem obsolete. The Jazz were drinking op the playoff experience and the team felt good heading into their next series with the Warriors? Hayward finished with 25 points in the final game of the season for the Jazz.
Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (27) lays up the ball as Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) defends in the first half during Game 3 of the NBA basketball second-round playoff series Saturday, May 6, 2017, in Salt Lak. They were able to trim the Dubs led down to 8 points at halftime (60-52). Golden State had an offensive rating of 156 (points per 100 possessions) in the first quarter while the Jazz started the game 3-of-18 from the floor. Their players are taking notice because there is a huge reward they can win if they sweep a series.
But the side characters are what continue to crush Golden State's opponents. It also took the boisterous Jazz fans out of the game down the stretch.
A Portland team with a disastrous defensive scheme and an offence based primarily on their backcourt of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum going toe-totoe with Golden State.
The Warriors will now wait for either the San Antonio Spurs or Houston Rockets, who are tied at 2-2 in their second-round series. But even many of those games have lacked drama. Of the 16 games that have been played thus far, only one has been decided by single digits.
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The lack of competitiveness is both a large and a small scale problem.
Golden State is a ticking time bomb.
Even without head coach Steve Kerr on the sidelines, they haven't put a foot wrong in sweeping Portland and probably Utah, who look nearly certain to succumb in four games tonight. That's really about it, though.
The Warriors are hoping to duplicate their Game 4 performance against Portland two weeks ago when they jumped out to leads of 14-0, 22-3 and 35-9 and a 45-22 first-quarter margin in cruising to a 128-103 victory over the Blazers in Portland. Compare that to the National Hockey League, where the higher seed is only 5-for-9 thus far in the postseason and the #1 seed out west, the Chicago Blackhawks, were swept by Nashville in the first round.
"You can talk about different scenarios that have happened in the National Basketball Association", he said.