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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Janelle Moore on Warriors: Getting Defensive Without Drummond

San Francisco – Crime for the show. Defense for the dough!

Scoring sells in the NBA. It attracts fans. It fills the arena. It feeds the ratings that led to multimillion-dollar broadcast deals and paid player salaries.

While offense gets the most glorification, it is defense that brings home the gold. It’s the hustle and bustle of energy that changes the game and creates a winning path either way.

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 as they beat the Utah Jazz 94-92 on Sunday night at the Chase Center.

Utah (30-17) leads the league in the second half at 59.4 per game. Warriors allowed 38. Utah leads the league in three-point baskets (14.7 per game) on 36.2 percent shooting. The Warriors allowed 11 threes on 31.4 percent shooting, a figure that would be 29th in the league. The Jazz shot 47.2 overall, the third best in the league. The Jazz scored 38.3 percent against the Warriors.

One night when Stephen Curry again struggled with his shot – he was 5 for 20, including 1 for 13 for three – and the Warriors scored only 11 points in the fourth quarter, it was the “clamp” who made him the winner. The Warriors went on to win for the fifth time in a nine-game absence, without quarterback Draymond Greene on their defence.

“Big win and especially because we were able to rely on our defence,” said Jordan Poole, who started in place of Klay Thompson (knee pain) and led the scoring with 20 points. “We know how talented we are in terms of scoring, but when it comes to scoring, we were able to get a lot of stops. Just shows who we are as a team and it paid off tonight. ,

Damien Lee gave the Warriors 12 points off the bench (4 fours in six attempts), but also cited defense.

“Obviously one of the things we try to hang our hats on is having a really solid defensive team,” Lee said. “We had a great defensive unit 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 sidelined, the Warriors have allowed 100 points or five more. In four of these cases they have allowed more than 115.

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