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(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah Jazz shooting guard Gordon Hayward #20 helps out as he tries to slow down New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon #10 during first half action in the Jazz versus New Orleans Pelicans basketball game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah Thursday, November 14, 2013.
Utah Jazz: Golden State brings three-point show to ESA
NBA » Two teams meet against just two days after playing in Oakland
First Published Nov 18 2013 01:00 pm • Last Updated Nov 19 2013 09:38 pm

The Utah Jazz know what they have to do Monday night against Golden State.

Identifying the problem, however, is the easy part.

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Led by Stephen Curry and Klay Thomspon, the Warrior lead the NBA in three-point shooting. They make 45.3 percent on of their threes.

Individually, Curry (35) and Thompson (28) have connected on 63 three-point shots -- or eight more than the Jazz have made as a team.

In Golden State’s 102-88 win over Utah on Saturday night, the Warriors went 9-for-21 from the three-point line. Curry was 5-for-8. Thompson went 3-for-5.

According to Gordon Hayward, the Jazz’s chance to split these consecutive games against Golden State hinges on better defense.

Utah can’t "allow so many wide-open threes — so many kick-out threes," Hayward said. "We have to make sure who we’re helping off of and who we’re rotating to. ... They’re pretty lethal when you leave them open."

Golden State, 6-3 after three straight victories, will play without back-up center Jermaine O’Neal. He suffered a strained knee and groin with 11:26 left in the fourth quarter Saturday night.

In Golden State’s first seven games, O’Neal played behind starter Andrew Bogut and averaged 2.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 19.2 minutes.




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