After a week off, Curry, Warriors roll past Jazz in Game 1

After a week off, Curry, Warriors roll past Jazz in Game 1

However, Utah came up short on the road by the score of 106-94. Curry is not expected to miss any time in Game 2. Salt Lake City leaders and 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.

"It all starts with the defensive side of the ball", said Kevin Durant, who had 17 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.

And the Warriors won easily even without a huge offensive game from any of their superstars, but all of their starters scored in double-digits and four Warriors had at least five assists.

On the whole, the Warriors looked like the better-prepared team - not a surprise given the difference in prep time leading into Tuesday. Zaza Pachulia scored 10 points in 14 minutes. Draymond kept Joe Johnson mostly in check whenever he matched up with him, and the Jazz received minimal contributions from their frontcourt. "You can see his confidence out there", Snyder told reporters of Hayward. He did not attend Game 1.

This set off a number of follow-up articles of Jazz players defending the nightlife in Utah - which we kind of doubt the Warriors are taking advantage of anyway since it's the middle of the playoffs.

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It wasn't just the 26 points - the most he's scored in these playoffs - but the renewed confidence that was encouraging to see. That includes running up the tempo on offence and pushing the ageing San Antonio side to the limit on the physical front.

The Jazz were 18-15 during the regular season when Hill missed games. "Mentally, they're able to not just get from possession to possession, but within a possession". The Warriors assisted on 32 of their 40 made shots last night, despite their ineffectiveness from deep.

The 2006-07 Warriors became the first 8-seed in National Basketball Association history to knock off a 1-seed in a best-of-7 series. Golden State shot 49% from the floor and outscored the Jazz by ten at the free throw line, hitting 91% of their foul shots too!

Gordon Hayward had a miserable showing in Game 1. "Shooting is a little bit of an equalizer, but we were outplayed". With Golden State getting easy buckets running off of turnovers and with the Splash Brothers always threatening to blow a game open from beyond the arc, this outside-only offense for Utah's main scoring weapons is a losing formula, guaranteed.

On Tuesday night, the Warriors tied their franchise playoff low for turnovers, with 7. Defensive Player of the Year candidate. In the first round, Utah outlasted the Clippers in seven games thanks to its depth, length and resolve. But he played 20 minutes.

Coach Quin Snyder said Hill has been "fighting" the injury for most of the season but indicated that the Jazz expect their starting point guard to return at some point for their Western Conference semifinal series against the top-seeded Warriors.