After a week off, Curry, Warriors roll past Jazz in Game 1

Jazz point guard George Hill out of Game 2 with toe injury

He did so with an overtly obvious statement.

Utah has not named a replacement for Hill in the starting lineup, but Snyder said Shelvin Mack, Raul Neto and Dante Exum all could see increased playing time. "He has a nice gamut of defensive skills and when he's confident, he just does a good job doing a lot of things". The time off did nothing to slow their momentum as the Warriors crushed the Jazz 106-94 on Tuesday to take a 1-0 lead. Curry's third-quarter steal broke Rick Barry's record (105) for most in the postseason by a Warriors player.

Kevin Durant added 17 points on an uncharacteristically cold shooting night at 7 for 17 and had five rebounds and five assists. The Warriors assisted on 32 of their 40 made shots.

All-Star Gordon Hayward averaged 23.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists against Clippers.

However, the strategy was sound.

The Jazz did hold Golden State to 10 points under their season average, and they were 14 percentage points worse from 3-point land. Utah is a defensive-minded team, but their system is based around the rim protection of 7-foot center Rudy Gobert. This option is for people who can't stand to watch the Warriors play, and definitely don't want to watch the team that beat the Clippers advance into the next round where we should be.

The Jazz were startled by Golden State's speed, which is quite the contrast from the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers.

And that's not the Jazz's fault. They combined for just 30 total points.

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You could just watch the series exclusively to root against the Warriors. The Warriors shot a cool 60 percent on two-pointers for the night.

The Warriors didn't even reach their peak Tuesday and they still led comfortably the entire way. The further the shot-clock winds down, the more comfortable the team seems to be. Going into their matchup against the Warriors, they'll need Johnson to work his magic yet again. The Warriors are no longer David; they're not even Goliath, dodging rocks.

But what happens when the Warriors' defense is so suffocating that they brawl right back at you? Conversely, a $100 bet on the Jazz yields a $1,700 payout, so if you're feeling frisky, why not?

As impressive as it was for the Jazz to win their first playoff series in seven years, facing the Warriors is an entirely different animal. Curry walked it off, received some treatment on the bench and claimed after the game that it was nothing. And then they put Curry back in.

The Warriors went up as much as 17 (58-41) in the first half. Curry making Gobert look like the AT-AT Luke took down in "The Empire Strikes Back".

Ironically enough, on a night in which the Warriors will honor the "We Believe" team at Oracle Arena, they will also open the second round of the 2017 National Basketball Association playoffs against the same Utah franchise that bested them 10 years earlier. We'd be lucky to get one game off of them.

It's something the Warriors players aren't too happy about. Hayward played the final 10:25 in this game, and his performance was legendary. Some teams will offer streams but if the game is not sold out thy may also decide to blackout said game. The Jazz are going to have to make some adjustments heading into the contest.



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