Could the Golden State Warriors’ victory over the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round have been more convincing? They swept the Blazers by an average of 18 per game. All that bought them was an important rest time.

Jazz is in the game. Not only have they been pushed in their first-round series, but they will have to turn around in two days and face the Western juggernaut.

*If necessary. All times Eastern.

  • Game 1 Tuesday, May 2 in Oakland, 10:30 p.m. on TNT
  • Game 2 – Thursday, May 4 at Oakland, 10:30 p.m. on ESPN
  • Game 3 Saturday, May 6 in Utah, 8:30 p.m. on ABC
  • Game 4Monday, May 8 in Utah, on TNT
  • Game 5 in Oakland, TBD
  • Game 6 – in Utah, TBD
  • Game 7 in Oakland, TBD

Series season – Warriors lead 2-1

Starting composition:

(First round statistics)

  • Warriors – Stephen Curry (29.8 ppg, 6.5 apg, 5.3 rpg,) Kevin Durant (21.0 ppg, 2.0 apg, 7.0 rpg, Klay Thompson (18.3 ppg, 1.3 apg, 2.3 rpg), Draymond Green (13.8 ppg, 7.5 apg, 9.5 rpg) , Zaza Pachulia (6.3 ppg, 0.8 apg, 4.5 rpg)
  • Jazz – Gordon Hayward (23.3 points, 2.8 points, 7.2 points), George Hill (16.8 points, 3.5 points, 4.2 points, Joe Ingles (5.7 points, 4.7 points, 3.7 points), Boris Diaw (5.3 points, 2.5 points, 1.7 points), Rudy Gobert (10.3 ppg, 1.0 apg, 8.3 rpg)

Warriors win if – They stay healthy. At this point, there’s probably no greater concern for the Warriors. Durant returned for Game 4 against the Blazers after suffering a calf strain and they barely struggled in his absence as reserves JaVale McGee and Patrick McCaw proved their worth. There’s also optimism that Shaun Livingston and Matt Barnes can return from injury. Perhaps the biggest question is whether temporary head coach Mike Brown can seamlessly develop a rotation while Steve Kerr deals with the complications of back surgery.

Jazz wins if Well, the Jazz aren’t likely to win this series, but a cool head is pretty much their best chance at stealing a game or two. This is uncharted territory for this band from Utah. Few thought they would knock out the Clippers, and even fewer would predict they would knock out the Warriors. They have good depth with Joe Johnson (16.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg) coming off the bench and a defensive mainstay in Gobert. Perhaps more importantly, veterans Hayward and Hill weren’t fazed by a harsh Game 7 road environment, which could bode well for what they’re about to face in Oracle Arena.

Must know:

  • Warriors – For all their offensive prowess, perhaps not enough attention is paid to the Warriors defense. They held the Blazers to less than 40% shooting in the first round, the lowest of any playoff team. They also led the NBA throughout the regular season in this category.
  • Jazz – Before this playoff, Utah hadn’t made the playoffs since 2012. Beyond that, the Jazz hadn’t won a playoff since 2010 when Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer were still in their primes.

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