Despite a convincing win by the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, the Jazz are confident they can correct their mistakes.
All five Warriors starters scored in double figures, led by Stephen Curry with 22 points in only 30 minutes.
But after a long film session at the team's hotel on Wednesday afternoon, the coach and his players had identified a few priorities for trying to break down the Golden State defense in Game 2. "And that's what you need in the playoffs to really assert yourself and get the momentum on your side".
Prior to the second-round series, ESPN's Chris Haynes reported the Warriors were disappointed they wouldn't play the Los Angeles Clippers because there's more to do in Los Angeles in their off-time. The Jazz were just 9-of-29 on their own three-point attempts, and the quality of these was a lot lower than their typical average.
Down by as many as 17 in the first half, the fifth-seeded Jazz managed to hang within 82-73 in the final minute of the third period.
Game 1 was vintage Green, chest-bumping with Zaza Pachulia, spewing profanities at nobody in particular - or, you know, in Hayward's ear, occasionally - and for the Jazz, it was devastating.
Hopefully the Jazz will be able to make the proper adjustments to come out with more confidence in Game 2, see the ball go through the hoop a few more times and thus get back to their sharpshooting ways.
"Just routine maintenance that I get done", Curry said.
Curry hit seven of his 11 shots en route to his game-high scoring total. The won the rebounding battle, 44-37, and only gave up five offensive rebounds to the Warriors.
Klay Thompson added 15 points for the Warriors, who never trailed. When you're just out there playing [in the regular season] and it doesn't mean anything, whether you're good or bad doesn't matter, that's kind of boring to me.
The Jazz point guard has been ruled out for Thursday's Game 2 matchup against the Warriors with left big toe soreness, the team announced. "I thought (Hayward) had some clean looks".
But Green believes it's the defense he's bringing that's making him the flawless fit. The Jazz posted a net rating of plus-8.6 with Hill on the floor.
The methodical, slow-you-down Jazz team making its first playoff appearance in five years couldn't keep pace in transition. Among those present: PG Baron Davis, SG Jason Richardson, SF Stephen Jackson and backup PG Monta Ellis, one of two team members (along with Barnes) who remain active in the league.
The head coach from that team - Don Nelson - was not in attendance. The timing of the ceremony was a bit curious.
The Jazz elected to match the Warriors' size from one to four, while keeping Gobert in the middle, which led to Gobert being stuck on Kevin Durant in the perimeter, sucking him away from the rim and freeing up the Warriors' offense for drives and cuts in the middle.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Salt Lake City leaders and tourism officials playfully jabbed back at Golden State Warriors players who bemoaned the lack of nightlife in Utah, hoping to combat the predominantly Mormon state's reputation as a boring place where it's tough to get a drink.