Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr expected to miss entire series with Utah Jazz
20 May, 2017, 19:10
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Jazz stars Gordon Hayward and Rudy Gobert were both excellent on offense.
It didn't matter. Durant did exactly what the Warriors expected him to do when they inked him to a two-year, $54 million deal last summer.
That style, however, doesn't always suit the playoffs, but in their 102-91 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 3 of the second round series, the Warriors proved they can adapt and play out of their comfort zone.
Steve Kerr is battling some major health issues right now that have sidelined him for a chunk of the National Basketball Association playoffs so far. But Durant asserted himself in the homestretch carrying his team on a night when Steph Curry and Klay Thompson missed 22 of 27 field goals and managed only a combined 29 points. However, down the stretch, back-to-back 3-pointers by Curry and Durant with three minutes left gave the Warriors an out-of-reach eight-point advantage.
"I'm going to try to say this as humble as I can, but I've been doing this for so long", Durant said, "and every time I get out the bed and we have a game that day, I feel like I can go out there and score".
"The other thing is rebounding. I try to do the other things. and once I do that, I feel like it opens up my scoring a little bit more". Defensively, the Jazz really did a nice job of keeping Curry, Thompson and Green quiet for most of the game, but there was just no slowing down Durant. Game 4 is Monday in Utah.
"I'm not surprised", Oubre said. "It's an easy decision to at that moment (to defer to Durant)".
Lowry said trying to play likely made the ankle worse. Over the past few years, though, the Warriors have won plenty of tough games with a combination of defense and timely shooting, and the presence of Durant should make them even better in those areas. There wasn't much the Jazz could do to contend a flurry of turnaround fadeaways, drives to the basket and a pair of 3s.
They seized the lead for the first time in the series when they went up 48-47 in the second period, and led 50-49 at halftime.
A similar situation occurred in Game 1 of the series, where the Warriors started the game with a 9-0 run in the first quarter and finished the first half with a 12-point lead.
The Jazz showed plenty of fight to rally back from yet another early deficit, but they just weren't good enough to hang with the Warriors in the second half.
It didn't matter who was on the court, they were switching and absolutely hounding the Jazz. Warriors F Andre Iguodala played in his 100th career playoff game. Stephen Curry put up 23 points, including 5 3-pointers, while also adding seven assists. He attempted to warm up before Game 3 on Friday before the determination was made that he could not play.
Once the fourth quarter started, though, the tables turned.
Warriors interim coach Mike Brown took matters into his own hands in Game 2 when it came to getting Curry back in the game. Golden State learned the hard way that each additional game brings with it the possibility of costly injuries and flagrant fouls.
The Warriors know that they will get Utah's best shot in Game 3.
The Jazz's backcourt of Shelvin Mack (in for the injured George Hill) and Joe Ingles had 13 points at the half.