Preview: Jazz vs. Golden State Warriors
As if the Utah Jazz didn't see enough of Steph Curry and Klay Thompson on Saturday night in Oakland, the Golden State Warriors are in Salt Lake City tonight for Round 2.Here's the rundown ...Tipoff: 7 p.m. MTTV: ROOT SportsRadio: 97.5 FM, 960 AM, 1280 AMGolden State's probable starters:PG Stephen Curry, 19.7 ppg, 8.8 apgSG Klay Thompson, 20.9 ppg, 2.9 rpgSF Andre Iguodala, 14.4 ppg, 4.1 rpgPF David Lee, 17.7 ppt, 8.4 rpgC Andrew Bogut, 6.4 ppg, 7.9 rpgUtah's probable starters:PG Alec Burks, 12.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.5 apgSG Gordon Hayward, 19.3 ppg, 3.1 rpgSF Richard Jefferson, 10.7 ppg, 2.8 rpgPF Derrick Favors, 14 ppg, 10.6 rpgC Enes Kanter, 15.3 ppg, 7.5 rpgInjury report: Andries Biedrins (left ankle sprain), Trey Burke (right index finger surgery) and Jeremy Evans (right rotator cuff) are all out for the Jazz. Toney Douglas (stress reaction, left tibia), Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and Jermaine O'Neal (right knee sprain/right groin strain) are out for Golden State.On the Warriors: Is the backcourt of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson the best shooting combo of all time, as coach Mark Jackson claimed last year? "I agree with him. I couldn't agree any more," said Jazz forward Richard Jefferson, a former teammate. Curry and Thompson put on a show Saturday night in Oakland. The Jazz gave up too many open looks after letting Curry drive to the basket and kick out to shooters.On the Jazz: The Jazz were dismal in the first quarter against the Warriors, managing just 13 points in the period. Utah will need to harness the energy they showed in the third quarter as they cut the Golden State lead down to seven before eventually faltering down the stretch."We've just got to try to do everything we can to make sure we're all intense and urgent and assertive right from the get go," said swingman Gordon Hayward. "It's definitely easier said than done but we've got to find a way to do it. â¦ Really closing out quarters and starting quarters is something we've talked about as a team and we've got to get better at it."The spread: Golden State comes into ESA favored by 8 points, according to Bovada.lv.Hot: Coming into this season, all the talk was about Derrick Favors' defense, but the power forward has looked comfortable on the other end of the court the last two games. He's led the team in scoring against the Spurs and the Warriors by knocking down mid-range jump shots and using an array of new post moves.Not: Backup point guard Diante Garrett became a favorite overnight when he helped the Jazz beat the New Orleans Pelicans just hours after signing with Utah. He's come back to earth since then, going just 1 for 7 on Saturday in Oakland and failing to even hit the rim on his first three attempts. Aaron Falk
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