It was the damn free throws!
Both teams are evenly matched. The Warriors HAD THE GAME WON! Despite being out rebounded and despite Monta Ellis not letting Baron rest more. The Warriors had the game won if they just made their free throws. Utah made their free throws. The Warriors didn't and that's why they lost.
Let's face it! The Warriors have a lot of great scorers. But they don't have pure shooters. And they are among the worst free throwing shooting TEAMS in the league. And this time it came back to bite them in the butt! RUN TMC had great free throw shooters like Mully, Mitch Richmond, and Timmy; Even Roonie (Sarunas Marciulionis) made free throws.
Pietrus just kissed away his contract extension along with those lame attempts at free throws. That's really too bad because he plays defense and makes threes and is athletic. But he simply makes too many basketball errors like unnecessary fouls and reminds me of Pedro Feliz who makes too many baseball errors like failing to move the runner to third with less than two outs.
Baron missed a critical free throw but he almost willed the Warriors to victory. JRich missed two free throws and then missed another making 2 of 3. Harrington missed a few free throws. Only Biedrins, lucked out and made his two. Jackson had a off night but made some shots down the stretch and made two free throws during OT.
It was the free throws! If they made a few more this game would've been won. If the Jazz had missed some near the end they would have lost.
I calmed down a bit after the game saying to myself it's great the Warriors are in the playoffs. Come home win two with help from the home crowd and go on the road to steal one from the Jazz in Game 5 and then come home to win it in six. But they lost tonight and coughed up the win. This is the time! Now's the time to win. Forget about next year! The Ws have a chance to win and advance!