Durant propels Warriors to 3-0

Posted May 15, 2017

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If you needed a reminder as to why an already stacked Warriors team went ahead and added a former NBA Most Valuable Player over the summer, look no further than Golden State's 102-91 Game 3 win over the Utah Jazz on Saturday.

Kevin Durant and Steph Curry got the victory Saturday night in a closer-than-expected Game 3 against the Jazz.

Both Curry's and Klay Thompson's offensive games have taken a hit, especially Thompson, who had a mere six points last night.

Trailing 79-78 midway through the fourth, Golden State seized the lead for good on back-to-back layups from Draymond Green and Durant.

Golden State's 97.4 defensive rating is a postseason-best and more than four points better than any other team.

"There's simple things", Snyder said.

They're not selfish - quite the opposite, in fact.

"You think you're open and not only are you contested, but he blocks it". "They'll be really important for us. The thing you like about this group is they're great people, and they're extremely unselfish".

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Durant is the first Warriors player with 25 points and 10 rebounds in consecutive playoff games since Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond in 1972. He's the glue that holds the Warriors' lineup of stars together, and they are virtually unbeatable when Green is at his best. A minute before the end of the second quarter "jazz" after a long contact with Huda for the first time in the series took the lead.

"He's had a ton of input", acting coach Mike Brown said. "We felt it. We know we can play better. Because we call flagrants for stuff like that".

"It's the other things I try to do. Once we rebound the basketball, we push and we like our chances in transition".

The Warriors do not have anyone putting up spectacular numbers in this series against Utah.

The Warriors managed to take a 72-70 lead into the fourth quarter despite shooting just 8-of-24 from the field in the third.

Golden State has not yet lost a game in these playoffs, first sweeping the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round and now being one win away from breaking out the brooms in Utah. If that does happen it would turn the series into effectively a "best of 3" shoot out in Games 5 through 7. The trio of Curry, Durant and Green has been too much for the Jazz.

KEEP AN EYE ON: The Warriors' efficiency. The Warriors matched their postseason low with only seven turnovers and had zero after halftime. The Golden State Warriors are averaging 114.4 points on 48 percent shooting and allowing 99.3 points on 41.3 percent shooting. The Warriors are just 3-3 ATS (Against The Spread) in their six playoff games.

INJURY UPDATE: Warriors coach Steve Kerr did not travel to Salt Lake City and was seeing a specialist at Duke University on Friday.

George Hill sat out Game 2 for the Jazz with lingering soreness in his left big toe. Playing at a slower pace is nothing new to Utah, but it inevitably means taking more shots in late shot clock situations, which they did not have a lot of success with in Game 2. The Jazz desperately need his production, or they'll have to look elsewhere for a third scoring option to help out Hayward and center Rudy Gobert.