Game Review: Jazz 78 – Warriors 85

Game Details

10:30 PM ET, November 5th, 2010
ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA


1 2 3 4 Final
UTA 16 23 17 22 78
GSW 17 23 20 35 85

Top Performers
Utah: P. Milsap 12 Pts, 11 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk
Golden State: M. Ellis 23 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 7 Stl Box Score


To a large extent, the tale here can be told in two statistical categories:

  • Offensive rebounds: Utah 10, Golden State 21
  • Utah team turnovers (points from): 21 (27)

To be fair, neither team had a particularly good night. The Warriors shot 37.6% from the field, 2-14 from the three point line, and 13-22 from the free throw line. Meanwhile, the Jazz shot 39.5% from the field, 3-14 from the three point line and 15-21 from the free throw line.

As a result, this game was pretty much a grind-it-out affair right from the beginning. At no point did it look like the Jazz were out of striking distance, and it was a tie ball game with less than three minutes to go.

If anything, the Warriors ability to hang on and take the win shows how far along they’ve come in recent years. Guys like Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis, along with new addition David Lee, are starting to establish the kind of confidence that’s needed to play smart ball down the stretch and stay focused on the little things.

For the Jazz, this game serves as another bit of proof that the Jazz are still putting the pieces together and that there is still work to be done. The Jazz will face another rebounding-centric test tonight as they face Blake Griffin and the Clippers in Salt Lake. Griffin has been a monster on the boards so far this season, averaging 10.0 RPG in his first six games.

Off topic: The 5th ranked Utah Utes face the 3rd ranked TCU Horned Frogs here in a couple hours. It’s arguably the biggest football game ever played in Salt Lake City (In 1984, a 3rd ranked BYU team defeated Utah 24-14, but at the time, the Utes were a middle ground team at best). The winner of this game joins Boise State as the premiere BCS buster of the season, and arguably makes the strongest case of any team from a non-automatically qualifying conference to have earned the right to play in a national championship.

In other words – Go Utes!

Game Quotes

Jerry Sloan

“You have to give them credit. They went after us right away and tried to force us out as much as they could. … They’ve got some guys that are awfully tough to cover. And they pick and roll with them; they do a great job at getting them open shots. They run the plays they have to to get decent shots and they made them.”

Sloan on Stephen Curry:

“He made some shots; he made the free throws. They came down the stretch and everybody knows who he is. He’s not a secret. He’s a terrific young player.”

Deron Williams

“They came out and played hard, especially on the defensive end. They had 21 offensive rebounds and it’s tough to win when a team gets that. We had 19 turnovers; I had eight. It’s tough to win when we do that. We both shot badly from the field, but what made up for that was the hustle plays — they outhustled us tonight. They made the plays. We got back in the game. We fought to get it tied. And then it kind of went downhill from there.”

“We just have to get a win tomorrow. We keep saying that it’s not going to come overnight. We’re going to have good stretches and some bad stretches. Tonight was just a bad game. It’s frustrating because I feel I should be playing better. And if I play better, the team plays better. I just need to do a better job.”

Al Jefferson

“It’s always disappointing to lose. We had our chances the whole game. We just needed that one stop or that one shot to go in for us, and maybe the game would have turned out differently for us.”

“They do a great job getting to the basket. They forced us to get out and help on their penetration. That opens up opportunities for them. They’re a great combination for them at the four and five, and they’re both great offensive rebounders, so it was rough.”

Quotes from the Salt Lake Tribune.

~ by djepperson on November 6, 2010.

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