Deliberate Jazz try to slow down Warriors in 2nd round

But Hayward overcame all that to score 11 points during the closing stretch of the game to seal the series victory. While the Warriors are fully fit for their Western Conference semifinals matchup, they will be without out their head coach.

The Jazz are an incredible team.

The Jazz have the league's second-leading offensive rebounder in Gobert. No Warriors player will be able to contain him either, so it'll be fun to watch him get buckets against a Warriors team that thinks they have the answers to everything.

"Obviously, most of the guys here are more familiar with L.A. than Salt Lake City", Curry said.

Utah's style of game is predicated upon ball movement and patience. Following their first round exit against the up-start Utah Jazz led by up and coming star Gordon Hayward, many National Basketball Association analysts and fans are questioning whether its time to split up the core of the Clippers. But despite the Warriors' reputation as a run-and-gun team, they can play the slow game if necessary.

Limited-edition, 10-year anniversary T-shirts will be available this morning for purchase at, and at Oracle Arena tonight. I encourage all Clippers fans to use this series against the Warriors to appreciate how great Iso Joe is.

"I don't mind that we're young and we're green", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. Sweeping the Jazz - a squad that could outscore the Golden State Warriors should it catches enough breaks - will require much more durability and focus, and there are already indications of avalanche.

This is the polar opposite of the Warriors, who thrive in transitional attacking.

ADAM: Klay Thompson. Analytics and fancy metrics be damned; he just feels like he's due. But this particular answer is quite bothersome for a couple of reasons. It nearly felt like Hayward didn't have a great series.

"We're going in to compete and play hard and try to win the series", he said.

Golden State isn't what I'd call a physically imposing team.

ROBERT: Let's start with the "sung' hero". During the regular season, the Warriors outscored opponents by 20.8 points per 48 minutes according to, an insane number when you consider McGee's past ineffectiveness despite his physical profile. Get $60 worth of FREE premium member picks. Opportunities will be there, because Gobert tends to hunker down in the paint.

"I'm playing tomorrow. It's final", said Morris, who didn't practice Monday, sitting on the bench getting treatments.

ADAM: Warriors in five. Ballmer was once viewed as the savior of the Clippers' franchise when he bought them after the release of their former racist owner, Donald Sterling.

The Clippers have a awful recent record against Golden State, having lost all four regular-season games in 2016-17 and getting no closer than within 10 points in any of them. Golden State star Draymond Green explained that nobody is "worried about nightlife during the playoffs". The Warriors usually score almost 23 fast break points per game, but the Jazz have held them to an average of just 17. The Jazz play as a unit, and they execute well. If they want the entertainment, they can drive to Vegas too if they really want. Even in between series it's common to do. Only the San Antonio Spurs and the Warriors themselves are better at this. The Spurs won 60-plus games and are only minus-250.

Game 2 of the best-of-seven is at TD Garden Tuesday night. Kawhi Leonard needs help from LaMarcus Aldridge for the series to be competitive. Curry averaged 29.8 points per game, knocking down 42.2 percent of his three-point shots.

ADAM: Cleveland-Toronto. Are the tales of the Cavs' demise premature or exaggerated?