No fun in Utah? Jazz fans turn tables on Warriors' razz

No fun in Utah? Jazz fans turn tables on Warriors' razz

Despite a convincing win by the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, the Jazz are confident they can correct their mistakes.

It would be impossible for the Jazz to shoot worse than it did at the start of the first and fourth quarters, when they missed all 12 of their shots while getting run 9-0 and 10-0. The Jazz finished the game shooting 9-of-29 (31 percent) from deep while the Warriors went a dismal 7-of-29 (24.1 percent). All five Warriors starters scored in double-figures, led by Stephen Curry's 22 points, and the Warriors point guard added insult to injury by roasting Jazz center Rudy Gobert with a ridiculous dribble-drive in the first half.

Salt Lake City tourism officials playfully jabbed back at Golden State Warriors players who bemoaned the lack of nightlife in Utah, hoping to combat the predominantly Mormon state's reputation as a boring place where it's tough to get a drink.

The reason: The Jazz lost seven more possessions than the Warriors in turnovers (14-7), with Golden State taking advantage of those mistakes to score nearly one-fifth of their total points (20 of 106).

If a 3-1 best-of-seven championship series lead isn't safe - with a Game 7 played in Oracle Arena, no less - then nothing in sports is sacred.

Utah is known for their defense, and they'll have to slow down the pace in order to have any chance of beating the Warriors on their home floor. Sure, the NBA Playoffs is where the best teams rise to the top, but even though one of these two teams has a ring with this core and the other does not, it was still only a 106-94 final margin.

Fiddling with the mouth guard he began using after losing one of his front teeth in Game 1, Thomas had nine points in overtime, when the Celtics outscored Washington 15-5. The Warriors were eliminated 4-1 by the Jazz in the second round that year.

Thomas misses Celtics practice for dentist visit
The rest of the bench gave some good minutes that can not be overlooked. "He stepped right under my foot", Morris said of Horford. The All-Star guard finished with a game-high 33 points on 11-of-23 shooting, including going 5-for-11 from three-point range.

The Jazz did a lot of things right in Game 1.

Andre Iguodala told ESPN that Utah can "lull you to sleep" and make you think, "Man, let's just get out of here.'" Matt Barnes said declaratively: "There's no nightlife in Utah".

"He's been terrific when he's been on the court for us", Joe Johnson said in December, per USA Today's Nate Taylor.

"We've got a lot of appreciation going around the room on our team because a lot of people have been (playing through injuries), whether it's Rudy or Gordon last series or Fav or everybody - Alec Burks - I could go on", Snyder said. "So, we've just got to adjust, come back and be ready for next game".

In line with their ratings over 100 possessions, the two teams also reversed roles in terms of shooting efficiency.

"They score other ways", Snyder said. "Hopefully, we'll make a few more next game". The Dubs averaged almost two fewer turnovers in wins than they did in losses during the season, and were defeated only once when keeping their turnovers in single-digits. "We can't be relaxed", Durant said on Tuesday night. Me personally, I want to get out there because I want to beat the Clippers.