So how disgusting was the Warriors' effort against the Jazz?
The Golden State Warriors became a better team when Steve Kerr took over back in 2014. He broke the record for most wins in a season as a rookie coach and went on to guide his team to an NBA championship against the equally-talented, Cleveland Cavaliers- making him the first rookie coach to win an NBA championship since Pat Riley. The Warriors went on to break the record for most wins in a single season during the 2015-2016 season but fell to the Cavaliers in the Finals after blowing a 3-1 series lead. Then, Kevin Durant came aboard and made sure that the Warriors got the job done in last season's Finals- winning his first NBA championship and a Finals MVP against the Cavs, again.
This season, while the Cavs are falling apart with Kevin Love out for a long period of time due to injury, the defending champions, Warriors, currently own the best record in the NBA at 40-11. While they have won 7 of their previous 10 games, Coach Steve Kerr wasn't fond of how his performed against the Utah Jazz after the Jazz won, 129-99. Mind you, folks. the Jazz is currently in the 10th spot in the Western Conference but they have won 6 of their last 10 games including three straight.
Against the Jazz, Steve Kerr was so disgusted that he labeled the performance of his team as a disgusting basketball. But, was he right? Let's check the numbers:
Allowed 129 Points but Only Scored 99 Points
To begin with, the Warriors have been one of the best offensive teams this season as they are averaging 115 points per game. Defensively, they are also good at limiting their opponents' points as their opponents only score 107 points on the average. But against Utah, not only did the Jazz limited GSW to only 99 points but, the Jazz scored 129 points against one of the league's best defensive teams. What was more troubling was the fact that Steph Curry only had 14 points on 4 for 13 shooting including 1 for 7 from beyond the three-point line. Kevin had 17 points but went 5 for 13 from the field and missed all of his 5 attempts from deep. Only Klay Thompson had a respectable night, scoring 27 points on 12 for 17 shooting.
20% Shooting from the Three-Point Line
The Warriors are known as a team who can shoot and make three-pointers as if they are only shooting lay-ups. But against the Jazz, Golden State just lost it as they only made 5 of their 25 attempts from downtown: that's 20% shooting from that area. Both are far from their averages which are 11 threes made and 39% shooting. On the other hand, they allowed the Jazz to torch them as Utah made 14 of 28 three-pointers- that's 50% shooting.
Utah Dominated All 4 Quarters
To give credit to the Warriors, they were just down, at 35-30 but they never got to win any of the three quarters and in the 4th quarter, the Jazz just shut GSW down, limiting the champs to only 14 points while running away with 26 points which enabled them to win the game.
One may say that the Warriors can't win every single game and that Steph Curry cannot be that good every single game. One may even suggest that the Jazz caught the Warriors on an off-night but if you're contending for another NBA championship, you can't simply go down like this. It's totally disgusting, to say the list. One may even say that it's not a Warriors-ish way of playing.