A game between Utah and Golden State sounds really good. They are right now the elite of the Western Conference and seeing them meet sounds exciting. Last night they did, but perhaps not with the brilliance expected of these teams.
The victory went to the Warriors by just two points. The clash ended with a meager 94-92 in which the failures dominated. Steve Kerr’s boys managed only 11 points in the fourth quarter, but still won. An example of the erratic wandering of the match are the numbers of Stephen Curry, who had 13 points with 5 of 20 in field goals and 1 of 13 in triples. He was the only player with a negative balance in the Californian quintet with -5.
“Steph looks great physically. The last couple of games he’s been playing his basketball in terms of handling the playmaker duties. He’s taking care of the basketball, he’s playing great defense and the shots just aren’t coming in… He seemed inhuman for so long… I think everyone expects him to be in rhythm for the whole season and it just doesn’t work like that, “explains Steve Kerr about the two times MVP.
In any case, the victory stayed at the Chase Center. With four minutes to go, Joe Ingles put the tie at 89, but from that moment the Jazz did not score again until the last minute. Golden State took the opportunity to get five points up (94-89). A triple by Bojan Bogdanovic (21 points) left his team two points behind. They couldn’t do more. The Croatian missed in the final possession and Royce O’Neale’s tapping did not find the desired destination either.
In a game with offensive difficulties for both, Jordan Poole went up to 20 points to lead the Warriors’ attack. Andrew Wiggins had 14 points and Otto Porter Jr. had 13 points and 8 rebounds. Already from the bench Damion Lee added another 12 goals with a 4 of 6 in triples.
Klay Thompson was out last night with pain in his left knee. Obviously, any mishap, and more so in the area, operated, sets off the alarms, but Steve Kerr plays down the matter with these words. “It’s nothing serious. It’s just about being cautious.” Thompson had his knee surgically repaired in July 2019 after tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the Finals. It is currently listed as day-to-day.
Waiting for Mitchell
Donovan Mitchell was not present for the third straight game as he remained immersed in concussion protocol. Without him, Bojan Bogdanovic was his team’s top scorer with 21 points to which he added 8 rebounds. Rudy Gobert also did not miss his appointment with a double-double of 12 points and 18 rebounds, while Rudy Gay added another 16 points from the bench.
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