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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Janelle Moore on Warriors: Defending Without Draymond

SAN FRANCISCO – Crime for the show. Protection for the test!

Scoring is sold in the NBA. It attracts fans. It fills the arenas. It feeds the ratings that led to multimillion-dollar broadcast contracts and pays the players’ salaries.

While the offense brings the most glory, it is the defense that brings home the gold. It’s the hustle and bustle that turns games around and gives you the opportunity to win out of nowhere.

It’s also how the Golden State Warriors have been able to make their money lately.

For the second game in a row, the Dubs were able to survive and outlast their opponent, defeating the Utah Jazz 94–92 Sunday night at the Chase Center.

Utah (30-17) leads the league in second-half points with 59.4 points per game. The Warriors missed 38 shots. Utah leads the league in three-pointers (14.7 per game) at 36.2 percent. The Warriors allowed 11 triples on 31.4 percent shooting, 29th in the league. In total, the Jazz are gaining 47.2 points, third in the league. Against the Warriors, the Jazz shot 38.3 percent.

On a night when Stephen Curry struggled with his shot again — he was 5 of 20, including 1 of 13 of three — and the Warriors scored just 11 points in the fourth quarter, it was the clamps that made them the winners. The Warriors did it without Draymond Green, their defensive quarterback, who won for the fifth time in nine games without him.

“A huge win, especially since we were able to rely on our defense,” said Jordan Poole, who started in place of Clay Thompson (bad knee) and took the lead with 20 points. “We know how talented we are in terms of scoring, but when it comes down to it, we have been able to make a lot of stops. It just shows who we are as a team and tonight it paid off.”

Damion Lee gave the Warriors 12 points off the bench (4 triples on six attempts), but also cited the defense.

“Obviously one of the things we’re trying to hang our hats on is a really strong defensive team,” Lee said. “We had a great defensive unit, the guys were flying around, switching and understanding who their hot guys were. Trying to stay in that mode really helped us today.”

In the nine games since Green was out, the Warriors have conceded 100 or more points five times. In four of those cases, they allowed more than 115.

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