Green shows range, leads Warriors past Jazz for 2-0 lead

Utah Jazz Quin Snyder talks with George Hill in the second quarter during Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals 2017 NBA Playoffs at Oracle Arena on Tuesday

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Now, the Golden State Warriors want Draymond Green to pack his 3-point shot for the altitude of Salt Lake City. Stephen Curry is leading the way with 22.5 points per game.

Back on the playoff stage, where he's starred so many times before, LeBron James is making things look easy.

Although there are no emotional victories, especially in the playoffs, the Utah Jazz should take some solace in this loss. He led the Jazz in assists during the regular season (4.2 per game), as well as finishing second in steals (1.02) and 3-pointers made per game (1.9). He remains out indefinitely and sources indicated it's become "very unlikely" he would return during the Warriors second round series against the Jazz. He had seven rebounds, six assists and another block, his 20th in six playoff games.

"Business trip", he replied sternly, "so we'll be good to go for tomorrow". Over the course of the season, however, he has proven himself to be a valuable asset in Salt Lake City. The lone disappointment during a pair of double-digit wins has been allowing the Jazz to creep back into games after jumping out to big leads. He pulled Zaza Pachulia with 9:11 left in the third quarter and inserted Andre Iguodala alongside the four other superstars, a lineup playfully known as the Hampton 5. Golden State beat the Jazz by 12 points in Game 1 and by 11 in Game 2 The Jazz has yet to lead in 96 minutes against the Warriors in Round 2 of the National Basketball Association playoffs. Green's teammates moved the ball beautifully (11 assists) and took advantage of defensive stops to run free in the open court (10 fast break points). "Hopefully, we can do that at home", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "We don't like them and they don't like us".

The Jazz organization even jumped in on the action, taking orders for blue T-shirts with "nightlife" on the front and encouraging fans to wear them for Game 3. Instead of riding out Pachulia to get him his allotted minutes, Golden State's acting head coach made a judgement call.

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Shelvin Mack had the short straw tonight having to start at point guard due to George Hill's toe injury. Backups Rodney Hood and Dante Exum weren't much better, combining to score 15 on 6-for-19 shooting.

The Warriors bolted out to a 12-3 run to begin the game and looked poised to put the Jazz to sleep early after a dominating first quarter in which Utah mustered just 15 points. As with numerous Warriors' best stretches, it started with defense. They're going to need Draymond Green.

"He's locked in on both sides of the ball", said Curry of Green.

John Wall was great again in Game 3, Marcin Gortat finished with a 16-point, 13-rebound double-double and for the third game in a row, the Washington Wizards' starters got off to a scorching start.

This story will be updated with quotes and post-game material from the Warriors' locker room at Oracle Arena. The Jazz are certainly known more for their defense than their offense, but when facing as potent of an offensive team as Golden State, finding supplemental scoring from throughout the roster is more crucial than it would be otherwise.

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