Baron Davis, Meet Deron Williams (Utah 116, Golden State 112)

Posted by: Avinash on Monday, May 7th, 2007

In easily the best game of the NBA Playoffs so far, the Utah Jazz buckled down, boarded it up, and defeated the Warriors in Game 1. It was one of those awesome throwbacks to the old 80s NBA, with great defense, great offense, great performances, and it could’ve gone either way. But the +17 differential on the boards for Utah, especially through Okur and Boozer (a category they should dominate throughout the series) made the big difference, along with 7 blocks by Kirilenko. It was also a coming out party for Deron Williams, with 31 points and 8 assists.

We were encouraged by Al Harrington’s excellent game and Matt Barnes’s continued brilliance, but we wonder if they’ll be able to grind against Utah for more than five to six games. Plenty of up-tempo but hard basketball left most of the Warriors sprawling. Then again, the Warriors were likely a Stephen Jackson 3 away from 1-0, so who knows. We urge any people who don’t understand how the NBA can be fun to watch this series. It’s gonna be grrrreat.

Jazz Outmuscle Warriors for 1-0 Lead [NBA]
(Image from NBA)

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