By Marcus Thompson
Monday, May 7th, 2007 at 11:27 pm in Uncategorized.
* Deron Williams is a baller.
* The Warriors have to figure out a way to do better on the baords. They gave up 20 offensive rebounds, which led to 21 second-chance points, including Boozer’s game-winner at the end.
Richardson and Barnes each had 10 rebounds, which was more than half the team’s total (36). Andris had just five rebounds. Jackson had one. Harrington had just three. Unacceptable.
The Jazz had 34 defensive rebounds (54) total. That just can’t happen. Because they couldn’t get the rebound and get moving, the Warriors break never got going. The Jazz outscored the Warriors 25-19 in fastbreak points. The Warriors never totaled fewer than 20 against Dallas.
* Utah is playing with fire by running with the Warriors. I would expect them to slow it down more in Game 2. Remember, the Warriors only need a split. They can’t keep this pace up without getting burned. Plus, they are taking Boozer out of the game by not running their halfcourt sets, because they are caught up in the Warriors’ tempo.
* Jackson should have whipped the ball to Richardson (I think it was him) in the left corner. Richardson had just hit a big 3-pointer and that leaning bank shot. He was a little warmer than Jackson, who was 5-for-14 from the field, 1-for-5 from 3-point range. It was a good look, but he has to know when he’s feeling it and when he’s not. Of course, if he makes it, this thought is irrelevant.
*Nellie’s going to have to give Monta more of a chance. I know he’s not playing well, but he never got a chance to get going. He had one turnover and missed one attempt, finishing with one point in 5:17 of action. The Warriors need him to play. They need him to get to the rim.
*STAY ON THE SHOOTERS 38! Is Okur going to do anything else. Why leave him alone on the perimeter.
*Way to show up Al! Good to see you back in action. Nice effort: 21 points on 8-for-15 shooting, including four 3s. Add some rebounds to that, get to the line more, and you are on your way.