Thursday, May 10, 2007

NBA Playoff Impressions: Rallying Around A Teammate.

Jazz 127, Warriors 117 (OT) - The things Derek Fisher and his family are going through with his 10-month old daughter (she has a rare form of eye cancer) are so tough, that no one could have blamed him if he hadn't made it back to the SLC to play tonight. He only hit one three-pointer, but the presence was something the Jazz needed, especially after Dee Brown went out with a neck injury when Mehmet Okur fell on him in the first quarter. Despite the declarations from both coach Jerry Sloan and starting point guard Deron Williams, the Jazz are still playing the Warriors' game -- they're just doing it better. Williams didn't outscore Baron Davis (he had 17 points to Davis' 36), but he's matching up with him in ways that Jason Terry and Josh Howard couldn't. The Warriors had this game late, holding the Jazz FG-less for over four minutes, but allowed them back in to tie and win based on bad free throw shooting, and now they face an 0-2 hole going back to Golden State.

Oh, and the Jazz needed that three from Fisher -- it just happened to be a big shot in OT.

(Photo: Melissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty Images)

1 comment:

Sanchez said...

Hey it looks like I was wrong about the Jazz not being able to keep up with the pace this series.