Durant scores 38 points, Warriors beat Jazz to take 3-0 lead

Jazz officially rule out George Hill for Game 2 against Warriors

Draymond Green has been that player on a few occasions, most recently on Thursday night when he made five three-pointers in the first half to give the Warriors a comfortable victory. Game 2, however, flew along at an estimated pace of 100.3 possessions per 48 minutes per Basketball-Reference-quicker than Golden State's fourth-quickest pace from the regular season.

The Golden State Warriors continue their quest for another NBA Championship as they take on the Utah Jazz in game three of the Western Conference semifinals.

Kerr has missed the Warriors' last four playoff games - the last two of the Portland series and the first two of this one - and he is not with the team and will also miss Saturday's Game 3 and Monday's Game 4 here in Utah.

Whether on the fast break or in half court sets, however, Golden State's big guns have still been getting good looks.

I'd love to see the Jazz get a win in this series, I think it would be great for their home fans, but a sweep wouldn't surprise at this point.

Stephen Curry scored 23 points, but shot 6-of-20 to get there. The only setback came was a 105-99 loss to Utah on April 10. He kept the Warriors going even as the Jazz pulled ahead late in the first half and led by nine points in the third quarter.

He stayed patient and trusted in the work he put in going into the game and it paid off.

"That allows them the opportunity to do some things that are effective in their ability to switch", Snyder said. We know Rudy Gobert will be, he had 21/15/4/0/2 in his best game of the playoffs so far. Gordon Hayward had 33 points to lead the Jazz while Rudy Gobert had 16 points with 16 rebounds.

Trailing 79-78 midway through the fourth, Golden State seized the lead for good on back-to-back layups from Draymond Green and Durant. Hayward made the technical free throw, and Gobert would miss both free throws. Stephen Curry - always absent at big moments - dropped 11 points in the final 7 minutes of a ideal fourth quarter (2-2 from three; 5-5 from the line).

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How do you beat the Golden State Warriors? He was a killer, doing things that the Jazz just could not respond to because when Durant is locked in, he's unstoppable. "But for the most part, we're in constant communication on the phone". They led by one at halftime and eventually built a nine-point advantage.

Of course one might argue that after being the team that gave up a 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals previous year, perhaps the Golden State Warriors would be a prime candidate to follow that up with a blown 3-0 lead this time around.

And James is making it look easy - 34.3 points, 9.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game so far in these playoffs, on 57 percent shooting.

All season long, those two have carried the Jazz as they improved their games much more than many expected.

Taking care of the ball helped Golden State in the end. Last year, they won 73 games. "I went to it early in the third because I felt we needed some juice", Mike Brown said following the game of the decision to go with that lineup at that point. Just thinking out loud, maybe some speed on the roster would be a bigger challenge to them? "There was no panic involved or anything like that".

His contributions provided added value with starting point guard George Hill sidelined because of a sore toe.

The Jazz were successful in harassing the Warriors for a majority of the game, with the Warriors players visibly appearing flustered, flummoxed, and flabbergasted.

Hayward and Gobert are young stars that will be fantastic, perennial all-stars probably, but they don't have the horses to compete with the Warriors. Since Utah was switching nearly all their screens, Gobert had two options - sag off or closeout.

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