The Warriors are shooting a dismal 25% from the field after the first quarter, compared to the Jazz who are shooting 47%. So how are the Warriors up by 1? Great defense.
The Warriors have gotten into the passing lanes. But the Jazz also missed some wide open shots too.
Curry started the game but was relatively inactive in the first few minutes.
Tim Kawakami writes before the game about the camaraderie in the locker room:
Tonight, there was Andris Biedrins, David Lee, Brandan Wright and Dan Gadzuric milling around, getting ready for the game, and also injured guys Ekpe Udoh and Louis Amundson in there, too.
Can’t remember the last time I saw that many post players in the Warriors’ room. Just can’t remember. (Maybe: Fortson, Dampier, Jackson, Eschmeyer? Yikes.)
And the other thing: The conviviality in there was… impressive.
Lee was chatting with everybody. Biedrins and Ellis were chuckling together, then Lee and Ellis talked and smiled. (Hey, just seeing Ellis there a minute before he had to be… that was very different from last year.)
Perhaps this is reason for the better defense?