Thoughts from David Locke, radio play-by-play of the Utah Jazz, after a blow out loss to the Golden State Warriors.
Summary: The Warriors blow out the Jazz with a second quarter run that seemingly never stopped.
- On the second play of the game, Rodney Hood signaled to the Jazz bench that something was wrong, and from that point on the Jazz were without three starters against a completely loaded Golden State Warriors team. There is no chance.
- The game started with a completely ugly display of offense that reminded you that these were the second and fourth best defensive teams going head to head. The two teams combined to miss 23 of the first 25 shots of the game.
- The Jazz were within five points at 30-25 mid-way thru the second quarter and the game was playing exactly how the Jazz wanted. The crowd wasn’t into the game. The Warriors were playing in the half court. Then: Boom!
- The Warriors missed 16 of their first 22 shots with Rudy Gobert on the floor. He has a tremendous impact. The Warriors would drive the paint and not want to challenge him at all. They were making one or two extra passes because of Gobert and it was ruining their rhythm.
- The Jazz’s offense couldn’t handle the speed and activity of the Warriors’ defense. The Warriors were brilliant defensively and held the Jazz to a season low 74 points, making them shoot 35.5% and allowing only 9 of 30 from three. The Jazz had two points in the midrange all night.
- The Warriors’ speed was overwhelming. It made the Jazz look really slow.
- Gobert had a good night: 11 points and 16 rebounds on 5 of 6 shooting.
- Rodney Hood was way out of sorts in the 10 minutes he tried to play. It was nice that he made the effort, but he was nowhere near right.
- Gordon Hayward didn’t play well tonight. He hit on just 2 of 10. Gordon is not going to have good nights against good teams when the starting backcourt is out for the game. He missed some looks he usually would knock down, going 0 for 6 from three. He may have been rushed all night by the speed of the Warriors.
- This was a whitewash. The Warriors were vastly superior.
- There was a three-play sequence in the second quarter when Durant went high pick-and-roll as though he was a point guard and scored on the first two. That is why the Warriors are different than they were last year. Durant can just go to work by himself or off of a simple action and score.
- Sacramento is in town tomorrow (or today) and Boogie Cousins is coming off of a 55-point night.