May 9, 2017, 5:08 am
And so another second round series is in the books. Stephen Curry and Draymond Green started hot and never looked back, helping the Warriors polish off the Jazz in a four game sweep. With that, here’s Tuesday’s Daily Dish.
Warriors 121, Jazz 95
Stephen Curry picked up right where he left off in Game 3, pouring in 14 points in the first quarter of Monday night’s win. He finished with 30 points and seven assists, helping to finish off the Jazz with his patented jumper and clever passing.
While Curry provided the early offensive punch, it was Draymond Green you might have had the single greatest impact on this game. He triple-doubled with 17 points, 11 assists and 10 boards, and was absolutely devastating defensively. He repeatedly corralled ball handlers on the perimeter and contested everything at the rim, single handedly slowing Utah’s offensive attack. Green now has a +21 net rating in the playoffs and will look to keep things rolling against the Spurs or Rockets in the Conference Finals.
After scoring just six points in Game 3 Klay Thompson bounced back to drop 21 points on Monday, going 9-of-16 from the flour. He’s taken a backseat to the Warriors other stars this series, but he’s too good to stay in a slump for long. The Warriors have to hope this version of Klay shows up in Round 3.
In one of the stranger postseason storylines we’ve seen this year JaVale McGee continues to provide meaningful rotation minutes for the Warriors. He scored 12 points in just 11 minutes of action in Game 4, and has become a key component of the team’s second unit.
For the Jazz, Gordon Hayward finished his season with a 25 point performance, adding five boards, three assists, two steals and four 3-pointers in Monday’s loss. With George Hill (toe) sidelined during most of this series Hayward was forced to take on an even larger share of the offensive load, and he responded admirably despite this four game sweep. He’ll be one of the big names to watch in free agency this offseason, and staying in Utah is probably the best case scenario for his fantasy value.
Despite struggling with his shot Dante Exum had perhaps his most impressive game of the season in this one. He started the second half in place of Joe Ingles, and finished with 15 points, three boards, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer. Exum could be looking at a bigger role next season depending on how Hill and Shelvin Mack’s free agencies play out, so stay tuned.
That’ll do it for this Tuesday’s dish. Follow @HoopBallTweets for up to the minute updates or hit me up on Twitter (@JacobECousins) if you have any questions. See you all next week.