There was an overwhelming feeling of disinterest in the opening round of the NBA playoffs between the No. 4 Los Angeles Clippers and No. 5 Utah Jazz. While this was a very entertaining series and it took seven games to decide, everyone knew that these two teams were fighting for the right to get embarrassed by the Golden State Warriors in the following round.
This may sound harsh, but it is the truth. Everyone’s projections about Golden State’s dominance came to fruition last night as they capped off a clean sweep of the Utah Jazz.
Last night’s game at Oracle Arena marked the second time this season the Jazz had their serieso n the line. This time, however, it did not go as well.
The Warriors came out firing right away and took a 39-17 lead at the end of the first quarter. While the Jazz regrouped and played much better after this disastrous first quarter, this was simply too large of a deficit to overcome.
Steph Curry led the Warriors in this win by netting 30 points, seven assists and five rebounds. While Curry led the team in scoring, the real difference maker in this game was Draymond Green. Green totaled a triple double with 17 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.
This series was an onslaught. The Jazz never stood a chance. The closest they ever came to beating the Warriors was in game two and three when they lost by 11 points. The versatility of the Golden State Warriors is unguardable. No team can stop them, they can only be contained.
This is Golden States eighth straight playoff victory and they are undefeated in the playoffs this season. Their main competition on the other side of the bracket in the Eastern Conference, the Cleveland Cavaliers, are also undefeated as they capped off a sweep of the Toronto Raptors Sunday night with a 109-102 win.
Golden State will face the winner of San Antonio/Houston which now sits at 2-2 and looks like seven games will be needed to decide this series. The same holds true for the Cleveland Cavaliers as the Boston/Washington matchup is a very competitive series and is tied at 2-2.
Regardless of who comes out of these series, it seems that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers will be the teams fighting for the rights to an NBA championship when all is said and done.