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Utah Jazz: Takeaways from Game 3 loss to Golden State Warriors

16 Mai 2017

The Jazz will try to stave off elimination on Monday night when the best-of-7 series resumes at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. Radio: KGMZ 95.7 "The Game" in Oakland and San Francisco, KRTY 95.3 in San Jose, KUIC 95.3 in Solano County, KION 1460 and 101.1 in Salinas and Monterey.

Golden State has won each of the first three games against Utah by double digits yet is only 1-2 against the spread so far.

Both sides continued to trade the lead back and forth in the fourth quarter until the Warriors caught fire down the stretch. Stephen Curry had 22 points to lead a balanced attack.

Green, Durant, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston are all versatile defenders and JaVale McGee brings a rim protector off the bench.

All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry says he's doubtful to play for Toronto on Sunday in Game 4 of the Raptors' Eastern Conference semifinal series against Cleveland.

Kevin Durant scored 38 points and Golden State Warriors withstood a determined Utah Jazz effort to win 102-91 on Saturday to take a commanding 3-0 lead in their National Basketball Association playoff series.

Curry finished with 23 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Sometimes, especially against a defense-first team in the playoffs, even one of the best offenses of all-time can bog down and lose its flow.

Durant shot 15-of-26 from the field, including a team-high four 3-pointers. Yes, Zaza Pachulia did have seven points. The Jazz executed their game plan, but it wasn't enough to avoid falling down 3-0 in the series. Golden State was held under 106 points for the first time this postseason. Hill has been a major contributor to the Jazz's breakthrough season, but will Utah commit longterm to a 31-year-old point guard who only played 49 regular season games?

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Boris Diaw replaced Joe Johnson in Utah' starting lineup. Sporadic shooting, an amped up road crowd and some dominant spurts from Rudy Gobert had the Warriors only up two with under four minutes left.

The Utah Jazz need a victory here if they're going to force a game five on Wednesday. Green came into Saturday 18 for 33 (54.5 percent) on 3-pointers in the playoffs, but was 0 for 3 in Game 3.

Hayward, on the strength of 13-of-14 shooting from the foul line, scored 29 points and also had six assists. It takes seven technical fouls to earn the same suspension.

This was the Kevin Durant that was in Oklahoma City. Incidentally, those were the only points of the game for the slumping Hood.

Utah then opened the third quarter on a 12-4 run to take a 62-53 lead, their biggest advantage of the game. He has hit at least one 3 in all 65 playoff games he's played.

"Give our guys credit", Warriors acting coach Mike Brown said in the absence of Steve Kerr, who is still out after undergoing a procedure for a back injury.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert said he hopes his team can channel that hostility on the court, particularly with Utah getting off to such slow starts in the first two games. The first two games of the series were similar: The Warriors dominated early and built a significant lead, then eased off and more or less cruised to wins with final scores that look comfortable.

Utah Jazz: Takeaways from Game 3 loss to Golden State Warriors