Tuesday , May , 08 , 2007 Oly Sandor

Carlos Boozer & The Utah Jazz Win Game One By Out-Rebounding Baron Davis & The Golden State Warriors

Game one between the Utah Jazz and Golden State Warriors was straight entertainment. Instead of slowing the pace, the Jazz pulled an Ali rope-and-dope, surprising the basketball world with their own version of fast-paced basketball. The Warriors played well, but got out-rebounded and this was the difference … Click here for a re-cap and find out what both teams should do in game two …

What Happened: Instead of slowing the pace, the decided to run with the high-flying in game one of their Western Conference playoff series.

This decision to push the ball was surprising, but did not decide game one. The Jazz’s rebounding was the difference.

Utah out-rebounded Golden State 54-36, helping the Jazz defeat the Warriors 116-112 on Monday night in Energy Solutions Arena.

Utah’s frontcourt did most of the damage, taking advantage of Golden State’s smaller line-up. scored 17 points to go with a game-high 20 rebounds. added 21 points and collected 11 rebounds, while chipped in with 13 points to go with seven rebounds. Kirilenko also registered seven blocked shots.

scored a game-high 31 points for Utah. He also had eight assists.

once again led Golden State, scoring 24 points and adding seven assists. and had a combined 41 points and 20 rebounds, while Al Harrington added 21 points off the bench.

Game 2 goes Wednesday evening in Utah.

Reaction of Utah guard Deron Williams
on the win:
 "We fought a lot over the last series, showed we can fight and stay with anyone in this league. We showed a lot of composure, down 2-0 last series and got over that." (CNNSI)

My Take: This was an incredibly entertaining game. Utah and Golden State both competed. The Jazz controlled the boards and this proved to be the difference in game one. Utah needs to make a couple of adjustments to win game two.

First, they must contain Matt Barnes, the Warriors’ energy-guy. If they contain Barnes, the Jazz will eliminate the hustle plays that give Golden State momentum.

Second, they must take away the three-point shot. Golden State, like Phoenix, gets going when they knock down three-pointers. Utah must be aware of this.

Golden State should also make a couple of adjustments. First, they need to do a better job on the boards. Utah had far too many second-chance points.

Second, Baron Davis is too beat-up to defend Deron Williams. He should slide over and defend Utah’s two-guard, so he can save energy. Matt Barnes should be given a chance to guard Williams.

Again, both of these teams played well. The basketball world is waiting for game two.

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