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Utah Jazz 88 Final

Recap | Box Score

102 Golden State Warriors i-2
David Lee, PF 27 MIN | 5-10 FG | 3-4 FT | 5 REB | 1 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 1 TO | 13 PTS | +5Lee had the toughest cover of the night in facing Derrick Favors, the Jazz’ franchise centerpiece in the frontcourt and one of the more skilled big men in the league. Lee didn’t need a large scoring output for the Warriors to put away the Jazz, and the balanced rebounding helped contribute to Lee’s unusually low rebounding total. You know what you’ll get from Lee on a nightly basis, and with the Thunder, Jazz and Grizzlies being on the horizon he has done an admirable job at both ends.
Andre Iguodala, SF 38 MIN | 6-8 FG | 1-2 FT | 6 REB | 3 AST | 4 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 16 PTS | +14The word on Iguodala has been that he could do everything on the floor but shoot, and on a team with a plethora of shooters the days of him being the #1 scoring option are over. While the latter is true, the former is not. Iguodala has shot an incredible 60% from the floor this season and 50% from deep — in addition to 6.1 APG. He’s the Warriors’ Swiss Army Knife and as long as he keeps shooting with above average consistency this team is practically unstoppable from the perimeter.
Andrew Bogut, C 30 MIN | 5-7 FG | 2-2 FT | 11 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 2 BLK | 2 TO | 12 PTS | +10Bogut earned his first double-double of the season Saturday night, and it was no walk in the park. While the Jazz are eagerly awaiting the 2014 NBA Draft they still have talent, especially in the frontcourt. Enes Kanter is more than a formidable defender in the post and Bogut thoroughly outplayed on both ends of the floor. With Jermaine O’Neal’s status very much in doubt — at least for the near future — the load that Bogut will have to carry rises immensely. Whether Coach Jackson plays Bogut more minutes or goes with a smaller lineup for an extended period of time during games, the Warriors have an issue at center until their two backups come back from injury.
Stephen Curry, PG 39 MIN | 7-20 FG | 1-2 FT | 3 REB | 11 AST | 1 STL | 0 BLK | 0 TO | 15 PTS | +18Curry laughed at the idea of the sleeved jerseys being a reason for his off-night on Saturday. I suppose when you dish out 11 assists in a double-digit win, the need for an incredible shooting night is lessened. Curry has learned how to help his team win games without having one of his signature shooting performances, a continued sign of his maturation as a player in this league. His most impressive stat: zero turnovers and only four in his last three games.
Klay Thompson, SG 40 MIN | 9-14 FG | 2-2 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 0 STL | 0 BLK | 2 TO | 25 PTS | +21If Thompson keeps playing like this the Warriors won’t just have one Splash Brother aching to get himself into the All-Star Game. Those murmurs are continuing to grow as Thompson continues to impress on both ends of the floor. Whether its defending the opposition’s toughest cover or coming off an elevator screen, Thompson has continued to grow, especially at home as he’s averaging 26.2 PPG on 68% shooting.

Three Things We Saw

  1. Quote of the game: “So far so good, we’re winning every game and playing pretty consistently for 48 minutes. We’re having a couple dry spots, but that’s going to happen, you’ve got to just figure out how to keep the gas pedal down. Our defense is solid, especially at home. Regardless of shooting the ball well, our defense is showing up.” — Stephen Curry on playing at home
  2. The Warriors lost Jermaine O’Neal early in the fourth quarter to right knee and right groin strain. Additional tests are set for Sunday. The center position was the one position that the Warriors were already nursing, as Festus Ezeli isn’t schedule to return from right knee surgery until January at the earliest. If O’Neal misses significant time, expect Coach Jackson to increase the workloads of Harrison Barnes, Mo Speights and Draymond Green in addition to playing more Iguodala at the point. These minutes will be monitored on a matchup-basis, but the Warriors have enough bodies — and talent — to beat teams without O’Neal being out there.
  3. Looking ahead: the second leg of their home/home with the Jazz concludes on Monday night in Utah. The Warriors then welcome the Memphis Grizzlies into town on Wednesday night. The Warriors haven’t beaten the Grizzlies since November 3, 2010.

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