Post game party thread: Short-handed Warriors handle Jazz
Big nights from Wiggins, Porter, and a ton of grit
In a game billed as a big test for both teams, it’s always nice when the actual contest lives up to the hype. The Golden State Warriors took a nice healthy lead into halftime, got blasted in the third quarter, but then closed out strong. It was a nice win on the Utah Jazz’s homecourt for a Warriors team that was missing two of their most important stars.
A very impressive, very tough win.
Thank god we aren’t doing Warrior Wonder anymore, because I’m not sure who I’d give it to. Andrew Wiggins was absolutely phenomenal, his “Two Way Wiggs” moniker is so well deserved, but tonight it was his offense that shone. Without Green, and Poole looking a little rusty, it was Wiggins that kept the team afloat when Curry was on the bench.
Also, I wanted to point out something else we saw in this game that reflects on a comment made in our preview about how the Jazz seem to have developed a pattern of regular season excellence, only to get picked apart in the postseason.
While Utah does an excellent job with their defensive rotations, having a guy like Gobert who is responsible for so much, and yet so slow of foot is exactly the sort of bump that an opponent is going to pick at relentlessly.
Nice start to 2022!
The Warriors will head home, take a day off and then return to action at home Monday when they host another tough team: the Miami Heat.
As always, this is just a quick fresh thread for our community, DNHQ regular coverage will resume in the morning.
Player and Coach interviews?
I saw someone ask about this somewhere else, but does the DNHQ have an appetite for postgame interview sound clips? I’ve included some links below and highlighted a couple that stuck out. Let me know if you love, hate, or are indifferent to it.
For post game interviews, go to the Warriors Soundcloud some good quotes tonight from Iguodala on Otto Porter, and also Wiggins talking about Klay Thompson’s return will bring a smile to your face.
Keep on doing what you are doing, Eric. You guys are tremendous, and your deadpan delivery is an added bonus!
OT: Not necessarily a big deal but who do you think gets the NBA all-star captain vote in the west? Its gotta be Steph. It shouldn't be LeBron but he is still media darling. So you never know.