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Thoughts From Game 2

* Deron Williams is a baller

* Jason Richardson took advantage of Utah’s lack of a quality shooting guard. But he needs to be more efficient. He rushed a lot of 3-pointers though he was effective posting up and getting to the basket. He, more than anyone else, needs to slow down and take his time, be precise. When he’s moving to fast, it only worsens his dribbling struggles and forces him into bad shots and turnovers.

* The Warriors are going to have to shut down one of three players: Carlos Boozer, Deron Williams, or Mehmet Okur. Those three are averaging 69.5 points in Games 1 & 2. Boozer and Okur have combined 62 rebounds. The Warriors have totaled 68 rebounds in both games. Deron Williams is averaging 11 assists. All three can’t be allowed big games if the Warriors have any chance.

*Good to see the Warriors start throwing pumpfakes on Kirilenko. He’s got 13 blocks in two games. You know he’s coming. Throw him a head fake, draw the contact, and get him out of the game. They aren’t calling most fouls, just the hard ones, so get him in the air and let him fall on you.

* Baron Davis is getting butchered. I don’t know how he’s managing the energy to battle through and carry the team on both ends.

*The Warriors are creating turnovers, but they need to score more off of them. 29 points of 23 turnovers is not that good. Forcing that many turnovers, it would be nice to come away with 35 points, especially considering they are getting pummeled on the boards.

* Monta Ellis has issues. He needs to snap out of it — and fast.

* The Warriors crowd is being hailed as the best in the league. But this Jazz crowd is pretty amazing. You literally can’t hear a thing. They turn the simplest plays into momentum with their yelling. Every little misstep by the Warriors, and every positive play by the Jazz, is blown totally out of proportion. And it rattles the Warriors.

Marcus Thompson

  • ADAM

    This is exactly what I said would happen. I posted 2 comments on the “Thoughts from Game 1″ blog. So close yet so far away for the W’s. The Jazz yet again commit 23 turnovers which is in my opinion the only reason that the W’s stayed close in this game. Everyone looks at the rebounding advantage the Jazz had (60-32) and ask how is it that the W’s were still in this game?? 29 pts off turnovers is why. You cannot convince me that the Jazz are going to continue committing turnovers at this rate. If anyone thinks that the W’s are just gonna role over the Jazz here at the Oracle then I think you are in for a real eye opener this weekend. I think the games will be exactly the same as games 1 and 2. The Jazz are extremely mentally tough and it showed tonight by forcing OT when they were down by 5 with 42 seconds to go. Obviously they got plenty of help from the W’s which showed me that the W’s are not prepared enough in the head to close out a game like these previous 2. They managed to give away game 5 at Dallas as well. In my opinion this was a must win game tonight. you cannot convince me that the W’s are gonna win 4 out of the next 5 games against this Jazz team. And to end my comments I think that the Jazz could win one here at the Oracle easier than we could in Utah.

  • itsagreattimeout

    I’m still encouraged. W’s will win at home. We play Utah close in their building; I think we can still win there.

  • commish

    I had a bad feeling when Neelie put in Pietris at the end of the game. Don’t ask me why; it was just a feeling. He had seemed so completely lost on the court, along with Monta. They had fear in their eyes and on their faces. It reminded me of Dunleavy’s “deer in the headlight eye’s”. I’m not “hating” on MP. He’s done some great things. But I think he’s not the guy I want in at the end of a game because his head is not always in the game. Same with Ellis. So far the second round of playoff games will be costing MP milliions of dollars when his agent executes his new contract over the summer.

    It’s hard to fault Nellie, but I don’t understand why he isn’t playing Monta a little more to rest Baron. Maybe not at the end of the game, but your point about “Baron being butchered” could be mediated by playing Monta more. It would also give him a chance to get some confidence and rhythm.

    All in all, it was a heartbreaking watching the game. We were so close to taking both games, but especially game 2.

  • EJ

    WHY DIDN’T NELLIE PUT SARUNAS IN THE GAME WHEN HE KNOWS THEY NEED TO FOUL?!?!?!?!?!? THEY LET JAX INBOUND THE BALL TO BARON TO SHOOT FREE THROWS????? C’MON!!! AT LEAST LET JAX GET THE INBOUND SO HE CAN GO TO THE LINE!! AND WHAT WAS BARON DOING DRIBBLING THE BALL AT MID COURT INTO A DOUBLE TEAM (FISHER AND THE FRIGGIN’ SIDELINE)!!! WHY NOT PUSH THE BALL UP COURT? YOU KNOW UTAH IS GOING TO BE AGGRESSIVE AND GO FOR A STEAL, AND PROBABLY END UP FOULING! WHY WAS I AUTOMATICALLY THINKING OF NICK ANDERSON WITH PIETRUS ON THE LINE? AND WHY IS NO ONE GUARDING OKUR!?!?!