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Utah Jazz: Golden State brings three-point show to ESA

Published November 18, 2013 1:54 pm

NBA • Two teams meet against just two days after playing in Oakland
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The Utah Jazz know what they have to do Monday night against Golden State.

Identifying the problem, however, is the easy part.

Led by Stephen Curry and Klay Thomspon, the Warrior lead the NBA in three-point shooting. They make 45.3 percent on of their threes.

Individually, Curry (35) and Thompson (28) have connected on 63 three-point shots — or eight more than the Jazz have made as a team.

In Golden State's 102-88 win over Utah on Saturday night, the Warriors went 9-for-21 from the three-point line. Curry was 5-for-8. Thompson went 3-for-5.

According to Gordon Hayward, the Jazz's chance to split these consecutive games against Golden State hinges on better defense.

Utah can't "allow so many wide-open threes — so many kick-out threes," Hayward said. "We have to make sure who we're helping off of and who we're rotating to. ... They're pretty lethal when you leave them open."

Golden State, 6-3 after three straight victories, will play without back-up center Jermaine O'Neal. He suffered a strained knee and groin with 11:26 left in the fourth quarter Saturday night.

In Golden State's first seven games, O'Neal played behind starter Andrew Bogut and averaged 2.9 points and 3.1 rebounds in 19.2 minutes.






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