It happened in the blink of an eye. Trailing by 13 against the Utah Jazz, the Golden State Warriors erupted to take back the lead behind a barrage of 3-pointers and defensive stops.
The Golden State Warriors’ inspiring win over the Utah Jazz showed the type of unmatchable firepower they can play with at full strength.
The Warriors have been far from their best since January but their occasional outbursts have given us every reason to feel optimistic about the Dubs’ title chances.
Klay Thompson scored 36 points versus Utah, hitting the type of unguardable shots that simply make you shake your head as a defender. Jordan Poole chipped in with 31 points, pushing his 14-game average to 27.1 points.
All the while, Andrew Wiggins, Otto Porter and Draymond Green were placing clamps on the Jazz. the Warriors’ run was much more than difficult shot-making, it was an all-around team effort that stifled the Jazz at key moments.
This firepower on both ends of the floor has not been there consistently all season but there is no denying that it’s there.
Looking ahead to the playoffs, Stephen Curry’s return offers another round of ammunition. Curry had scored 47 points one game prior to his injury. Though he is having an odd year from the 3-point line, shooting below 40%, we are all aware of what Curry is capable of.
When you add up the combined scoring of Poole, Thompson and Curry — you already get a trio that can go toe-to-toe with any other team in the NBA. Toss in the defensive prowess of Green and Wiggins to create a truly difficult squad to match up with.
The Warriors might not have had enough time to build a trustworthy foundation this season but no one is signing up to face them in the playoffs because of the heavy-hitting punch they can provide at any given moment.