Kevin Durant is still questionable to play in Game 3 against the Golden State Warriors, but that might be the only thing that could hold this series from being a sweep. Golden State won Game 1 by 12 points — despite two sensational showings from Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum — before crushing the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 2 to a score of 110-81. Though Game 3 is shifting back to Portland for Game 3, it’s hard to see what the Trail Blazers can really do to make this more competitive.
So who would step up for the Jazz in time of need? Joe Johnson of course. The 35-year-old, seven-time All-Star, Joe Johnson. The Jazz were down by seven with seven minutes remaining and then Iso Joe took over. He finished the night with 28 points, 13 of those coming in the fourth quarter.
The Utah Jazz had their first 50-win season since 2010 and it’s largely in part to their role players. Yes, they have Hayward and Gobert, who are two of the top players in the league. But it’s their role players who put them over the top. From Johnson to Derrick Favors, to Ingles and George Hill, this is a team that fights and scraps together. Not to mention, Gobert played quite well in his return, finishing the night with 15 points and 13 rebounds in 24 minutes.
It will be fascinating to see what happens to all the centers in this Cheap High Quality Jerseys draft. There are too many big men to go around as the league continues to downsize and value skill over size. Patton has a chance to stick because he’s an efficient scorer around the rim who runs the Cheap Hockey Jerseys floor hard and has upside as a paint protector. He was phenomenal as a redshirt freshman for a Creighton team that was excellent before Mo Watson’s knee injury.