Lately, a lot of talk in the NBA has been about who’s the best point guard in the league. Last night, Deron Williams of the Utah Jazz made his case once again - and it’s a compelling one: 30 points and 10 assists in Utah’s 108-95 win over the Warriors.
Golden State led this one at the break, 46-43 but just like their game on Friday vs. the Miami Heat, they were overmatched in the 2nd half. Utah avenged an earlier 85-78 loss to the then-respectable Warriors, with the 2nd half blowout win last night. Utah erupted for 65 points in the 2nd half, keyed by their reserves who outscored G’State’s bench, 36-14. CJ Miles was the biggest contributor with 20 points.
Of course, the Warriors’ biggest scorer off the bench was Reggie Williams. Williams started in place of the injured Stephen Curry, who’s still out with a bad ankle. With the Warriors having now dropped seven straight, it’s time to let Curry sit out until his ankle is completely healed. In his stead, Williams scored 19 points, but that left an already thin bench completely depleted.
David Lee scored 18 points with 12 boards, but shot just 3-15 from the floor. He did get to the foul line often, making 12 of 14 of his free throws - a good sign for him that maybe his elbow has finally stopped bleeding and the antibiotics are working.
Overall, the Warriors did a lot of good things, shooting more free throws and out-rebounding Utah. Moral victories are important at this point in the season. Usually that doesn’t happen with Golden State until after the New Year, but they’re ahead of pace. 12 losses in 13 games can do that to a team.
The good news is that the brutal part of their schedule is finally over. Coach Keith Smart continues to plead his case that the team is giving him enough effort to win; they simply aren’t winning. However you read into that, it doesn’t sound promising. Their next five games are against beatable opponents. I’m not saying they’re going to win any of them, but they could–beginning with Minnesota tonight at home.
If the team’s bleeding doesn’t stop there, well, try some antibiotics. Or a tourniquet. Anything to make it stop!
About the Author
Written by Scott Johnston
Scott Johnston is a longtime Sports TV Producer/Writer from Los Angeles who now lives just outside of Boston. After a long career at KCAL-TV in L.A., where Scott covered such things as Kirk Gibson’s HR, Hank Gathers death, and Magic Johnson’s retirement, NBA ll-Star Game MVP performance and subsequent return to the NBA. His favorite team is the Oakland A’s and whomever happens to be playing the Yankees, USC or the Cowboys on that particular day. Scott left his staff position at KCAL and formed his own small production company in 1996 while continuing to freelance there and at other stations, including WTTG in DC for two years. His company, ProTVSports, started out covering one team during Spring Training in 1997 but now covers six of the Cactus League teams. He also covers tennis and golf events during the year and has had the privilege of covering 5 NBA Finals, including two of the last three. Scott loves all sports, but considers baseball to be his favorite. He loves politcs, reading, movies and his wife and two daughters—not in that order!