Curry scored 22 points in three quarters of work and the top-seeded Warriors warmed up in a hurry after a weeklong layoff between playoff games, beating the Jazz 106-94 on Tuesday night. Assistant coach Mike Brown, former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Lebron James, has filled in for Kerr and is a leading force behind the team's defensive strategy and execution.
Game 2 is Thursday night before the series comes to Salt Lake City for two games.
The Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors meet in game two of the National Basketball Association second round playoffs Thursday at the Oracle Arena. Based on Game 1, somewhere in the vicinity of "doubtful". "But he's still been effective for us, particularly offensively because he's still making shots".
Utah will try to limit the Warriors on the fast break after Golden State outscored the Jazz 29-6 in transition in the series opener. Golden State is at full strength with its rotation with Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes back from injuries. The Dubs averaged almost two fewer turnovers in wins than they did in losses during the season, and were defeated only once when keeping their turnovers in single-digits. After a week's off following their sweep of the Portland Trail Blazers in Round 1, the Warriors started Game 1 on a 9-0 run and never looked back. Coach Quin Snyder could also play more of a three-wing lineup including a combination of Gordon Hayward, Rodney Hood, Joe Johnson and Joe Ingles. Game 2, however, should be more of the same for the NBA's best team. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 116.8 points on 48.5 percent shooting and allowing 100 points on 40.9 percent shooting.
But Utah was back to their former discouraging three-point shooting ways in Game 1 against the Warriors as they finished the game at that aforementioned 31 percent clip.
The Warriors also used their ball movement to accelerate their offense.
Stephen Curry tweaked his left ankle in Game 1 of the Golden State Warriors' second-round series against the Utah Jazz and was held out of practice on Wednesday. Together they attempted just two free throw attempts after averaging more than eight combined against the Clippers. Hayward made only one field goal in the paint, a tough and somewhat wild finish over JaVale McGee.
The left toe injury has been a lingering one for Hill, as he missed a month of action earlier this year before dealing with the soreness on and off through the rest of the season.
Expect the Warriors to continue to make the extra pass, hoping to turn a good shot into a great one. Losing him, even for a game, could prove catastrophic should his temper flare at the most inopportune time.