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Dubs fall to 2-9 on the year

NBA: Utah Jazz at Golden State Warriors Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

The Golden State Warriors came in tonight’s game with the right intentions against the Utah Jazz. They hustled and competed early in the first half until they just couldn’t keep up anymore. For various points in the game, the Warriors struggled to cut into a 15 point lead multiple times. Here are more observations from the Warriors 122-108 defeat to the Jazz.

Early Foul Trouble

The Warriors opened the game with the right energy. D’Angelo Russell exploded for 18 of his game high 33 points in the first to keep Golden State competitive. Willie Cauley-Stein was active and aggressive early with his defensive rebounding, trying to contest shots, and taking advantage of scoring opportunities. What spoiled an otherwise solid quarter was the Warriors sending the Jazz to the line with senseless fouls-surrendering 13 points in the first quarter. If the Warriors hadn’t killed their own momentum by fouling, they would have won the quarter, and even kept up the momentum for the second half. The Warriors continued to foul even after the first. Utah ended the game shooting 26-for-32 from the free throw line, capitalizing on every bit of Golden State’s 24 fouls.

Lights out Shooting

The line wasn’t the only way the Jazz destroyed the Warriors. The Jazz shot 16 of 35 from deep. The output and who was scorching the Chase Center floor was fascinating. Usually, it’s Joe Ingles that’s bombing threes. But tonight, the backcourt of Donovan Mitchell and Mike Conley combined for 10 of the Jazz’s 16 threes. Even Jeff Green got in on the action, chipping in with two of his own.

On the other hand, the Warriors didn’t shoot the three as a bad as they did in some of the games in the season. Twelve of Russell’s 33 points on the night came from three. He ended the night shooting five for nine from deep.Alec Burks chipped in with two makes of his own Ky Bowman, Marquese Chriss,and Jordan Poole had one a piece. Again, there’s been worse performances from three but they just did not have the firepower to hang with the Jazz.

Bench game/fast break points

One of the few signs of encouragement for the Warriors came from their bench. They outscored Utah’s bench 44 to 38. Chris and Burks lead the way with 11 and 10 respectively. Despite having only eight points tonight, Eric Paschall continues to impress with his hustle and his ability to punish defenders by bullying in the paint.

The Warriors also beat the Jazz in transition. Granted they scored eight points but the Warriors scored those points in a manner of what they were accustomed to: forcing turnovers and hustling in the open court. Regardless of the results of the season, looking at how the “baby Dubs” progress in the categories that were the calling card of the “dynasty” is worth observing.