Thursday, May 10, 2007

Utah-Golden State

If you haven't been watching this Utah-Golden State series, you're missing out. You probably haven't seen much of either team outsides from first round of the playoffs (and you probably only saw Game 7 of the Jazz-Rockets series) but it would behoove you to familiarize yourself with these teams.

This series is awesome.

I'm not really sure what else I can say. The offense is spectacular and the defense is gritty. These games are at once fast paced and physical. If you can't get into this series, just stop watching basketball.

Last night's game was awesome. We're going to hear a lot about Derek Fisher and his remarkable story (I've always hated Derek Fisher the player. Mostly because he always hit those big shots for the Lakers. And he flopped. All the time) and we should. But Derek Fisher would've been a footnote if Golden State could've simply hit their free throws down the stretch. Baron Davis, Jason Richardson and Mickael Pietrus all missed crucial freebies down the stretch in regulation. This game shouldn't have gone to overtime. But it did. And Utah prevailed.

The Jazz have a series lead of 2 games to 0 but they should feel fortunate that they won both games. Golden State played them tough and now the series shifts back to Oakland. I fully expect the Warriors to take care of business at home.

Utah is up two games, but I'll be shocked if this thing doesn't go seven.

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