Saturday, May 12, 2007

G-State's 2nd Quarter Blitz Decides Game 3

Jazz (4) vs. Warriors (8): Warriors 125, Jazz 105 (Game 3)

- This game was over by the middle of the 2nd quarter. The Warriors went on a scoring binge, a lot of it in transition, led by Baron & JRich once again and ended up scoring 40 pts in the quarter. They built up this big lead with another 3pt. festival --15/32 from 3pt. JRich was 5/9 from deep and mixed in a fair number of pull-ups to finish with 25 pts. Baron continues to make his case for MVP of the playoffs (so far) with 32, 9 assts & 6 stls. He decided to drive the ball a little more and the Jazz had no answer.

- Biedrins earned more minutes by being a factor on the offensive end. He found a way to slip to open spaces and was able to dunk his way to 13 pts to go along with 13 rebs (4 off). If Andris can keep being an offensive factor, he can help the Warriors' defense & rebounding in the longrun. Harrington continues to shoot the ball well in this series--Al was 4/7 from 3pt for 15 pts.

- Though the Warriors cut down Utah's offensive rebs, the Warriors were noting spectacular protecting their def. boards-- 62% Def. Reb. pct. And the overall reb. margin was better than -18 (Game 1) & -28 (Game 2), but -12 is not good. You can afford to be crushed on the boards if you have -11 turnover margin. G-State had 12 steals which helped add to Utah's 25 TOs. These steals fueled the furious pace the Warriors thrive on.

- The Jazz are really making it tough on themselves by turning the ball way too much. They had 21 in Game 1, 23 in Game 2, and now 23 in Game 3. The Warriors defense thrives on causing TOs, but +20 per game is way above normal. And all these TOs lead directly into easy transition opportunites for G-State--Warriors had 23 fast break pts in Game 3.

- Jazz have to find a way to get Boozer into better scoring positions on the floor. Boozer had 19 & 11 rebs, but he only took 10 shots (8/10). The Warriors are doubling/fronting him and making it difficult for the Jazz to get him good looks. Maybe set him up high more where the doubles are less likely.