Curry's 30 lead Warriors to sweep after 121-95 win over Jazz
May 11 2017 by Joshua Bennett
While the Jazz had a 14-0 run at the start of the second quarter, the Warriors kept pounding.
Golden State now receives an opportunity to rest up ahead of its Western Conference Finals matchup. Defending four All-Stars is as hard as it sounds, and the Jazz could never get control of the game or make things hard for Golden State.
It's probably because the Warriors have won 207 games in the regular season during this span, the most in National Basketball Association history over a three-season span.
The Utah Jazz may have been eliminated after Game 4 of their Western Conference Semi Finals series, losing to the Golden State Warriors 121-95... "I don't know, it's worked the last couple years for us, so we're just going to continue to do it". The Cleveland Cavaliers, the reigning National Basketball Association champions, have also coasted to the conference finals on the back of eight consecutive playoff victories. But looking back at teams that have duplicated both team's accomplishments, it's not necessarily a good omen. And the Warriors might be better prepared for it. Mike Brown adjusted and played the smallball lineup a bit more than in the regular season.
Thompson finished with 21, Kevin Durant scored 18 and Draymond Green posted his third career postseason triple-double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
Before you start dreaming about Gordon Hayward wearing your team's jersey, the Utah Jazz star needs to opt out of his contract.
"We are mostly impressed with how we are playing our brand of basketball", Green said.
Curry, who led the way with 30 points and 7 assists, feels his team is peaking at the right time. Only one victory, Game 3 against the Portland Trail Blazers, was decided by fewer than 11 points, and the Warriors never trailed in three of the four games against Utah. Curry and Andre Iguodala combined for back-to-back 3-pointers to put the Warriors up 93-79 heading into the fourth.
Snyder said he has tried to emphasize to the Jazz's free agents that "until they're somewhere else, they're part of us".
Utah could use more offense next season, whether that comes from the growth of Rodney Hood, Derrick Favors, Alec Burks and Dante Exum or from new acquisitions. While he said it's far too early for the Warriors to think about the Finals, he may still be plotting the seeds for a potential rematch with the Cavs. It was a disappointing way to end the season but their playoff run was full of silver linings. Hayward developed into an All-Star and Rudy Gobert became a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. The Jazz took a huge step when he traded for George Hill and Boris Diaw and signed Joe Johnson last summer. It was apropos tonight. "We started having some tougher shots, and they got going in transition".
Even if Steve Kerr doesn't return to the sideline this postseason, the Warriors remain the odds-on favorite to win it all come June. They're each four wins away from meeting in the finals for the third consecutive year.
Durant struggled in Game 1 against the Jazz, with 17 points on 17 shots. Utah's ability to match any offer should chill the market for Ingles but he could produce a strong offer sheet after the narrow pool of high-end wings choose their teams (and a series of other franchises desperately need one). And as the quarter winded down, Hayward was treated to chants of "Gor-don Hay-ward" as he left the game, and rightfully so.
- If there's one thing that could ease coach Steve Kerr's disappointment over missing the entire series, it was the Warriors' turnover count for the Utah series.