NBA Roundup: Warriors go up 3-0 on Jazz

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant scored 38 points in magnificent fashion during a 102-91 Game 3 win against the Utah Jazz on Saturday, making 15-of-26 from the field with 13 rebounds, one assist, one steal, one block and four 3-pointers in 39 minutes. Ultimately, Durant could have a date with his kryptonite, Lebron James.

With the series shifting locations, will the Golden State Warriors continue to dominate the Utah Jazz when they meet in Game 3 at 8:30PM ET?

Unfortunately, Utah's shooting was off the mark most of the night. The Jazz put forth by far their best performance of the series, and held an 80-79 lead with just over six minutes remaining, but were outscored 23-11 the rest of the way.

The Jazz aren't yet done in the playoffs, but this was as disheartening a loss as they have had because Golden State left the door open for them to take this game. That was Game 3, and if you're a Jazz fan, you just have to throw up your hands and congratulate your opponent.

Durant found points when nobody else could, gifting the Warriors with a victory they otherwise would not have earned. Rudy Gobert added 21. When we play pick-and-roll with KD, if whoever Gobert is guarding sets a solid screen, KD is going to come off wide open. It doesn't matter. That puts Gobert in a predicament. When that happens, it helps to have a 7-foot matchup nightmare who can get buckets whenever he wants.

Meanwhile, Derrick Favors and Rodney Hood who are two guys that at the season's start were expected to be primary candidates as Utah's third option (or quite honestly second option given that Gobert's rise on offense was largely unforeseen), were largely ineffective. "Once we rebound the basketball, we push and we like our chances in transition". Durant had to tell the mascot to "get the f- off the court".

The Jazz will look to avoid the sweep when they take the floor Monday night at 7:00 pm. The Durant that everyone knows best did not show up until it was too late, and the Thunder season came to a bitter end.

"To me, tonight we played like I think we're capable of playing from an energy and toughness and connectedness [standpoint] defensively", Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. "We've got options, we can move some people around". It is what it is. So, I don't know why they were booing me so loud, but I just reminded them they were down 2-0.

Shelvin Mack started in place of Hill in Game 2, finishing with 14 points, three rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes. He also played the fewest minutes of his career per game, and took the fewest shot attempts per game as well. After a strong Game 1 in the Portland series, he has been quiet the last couple weeks, missing two games against the Blazers with a twinged calf and then slowly working his way back, slumping mostly to the offensive background, by Durant standards. Brown went again, as he did in Game 2, to his small line-up to bail him out and give him team a shot of adrenalin.