RECAP #24: Golden State Warriors 95, Utah Jazz 108 - Only the Good News?

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More dance moves from Keith Smart. I'm waiting for him to call a play doin' the dougie.

 



I was actually surprised by the Warriors...for a half. They faced a tough Jazz team without Stephen Curry and grabbed a 3 point first quarter lead. After a back and forth 2nd quarter in which the Jazz took a sizeable lead, the Warriors snatched it back and the halftime score was Warriors 46-43. Crazy. A 3 point halftime lead in Salt Lake City. It was at this point while listening on the radio that I thought the Warriors might actually have a chance and pull this one out.

But it was not to be.

The fake Jazz team the Warriors played in the first half stayed in the locker room and the real Jazz team came out to play the 2nd half to punish the Warriors in the 3rd quarter 31-24 and then again in the 4th quarter 34-25.

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Doesn't he just make you smile?

 

In keeping with the theme of the game thread, let's focus on just the positives. A 7 game losing streak has a lot of negatives especially when the Warriors get beat like they do.

So here are the positives:

  • Reggie Williams seems to be finding his stroke and confidence. 19 points on 7-12 shooting including 4-6 from 3. Swish! He even chipped in with 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
  • The Warriors shot 11-25 (44%) from 3.
  • David Lee recorded a double double, 18 points, 12 rebounds. He even went a Maggette-like 12-14 from the line.
  • And for the first time this year (at least it seems like it), the Warriors shot more free throws than their opponent - 31 to 29.
  • In a game the Warriors lost by 13, Andris Biedrins was +4 in 28 minutes. In the 20 minutes he was off the floor the Warriors were -17.
  • Both starting big men grabbed 12 rebounds.
  • Lou Amundson and Ekpe Udoh are both healthy enough to play! We have front court depth!
  • Al Jefferson, a 47% shooter this season, was held to just 4-13 shooting. He was also -5 in 34 minutes.
  • The Warriors outrebounded the Jazz 46-40.
  • The Warriors outrebounded the Jazz 46-40.
  • The Warriors outrebounded the Jazz 46-40.
  • Holy crap.

More rebounds? More free throws? Very good shooting from 3? You might be asking, "How did the Warriors get blown out?"

My answer: 39.5% shooting vs 49.4% shooting for the Jazz, 19 turnovers, absolutely zero production from the bench.

 

At least the Timberwolves are coming to town. The Warriors might break this 7 game losing streak.

 

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Reggie Reggie Reggie. Is he liking his role as a spot starter now with Curry out?

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