The Utah Jazz saw their season come to a close on Monday night when they lost their fourth straight game to the Golden State Warriors. Why were they so easily dispatched?
Although this was the expected outcome heading into the series, it’s at least a little disappointing result for the Jazz faithful given how they felt the team had improved during the season.
Over the four games, the Jazz lost by a combined 60 points, with all defeats coming by at least 11 points.
Game 1 saw the Warriors set the tone early, dominating the Jazz from the tip and never looking back. The same held true for Game 2, with Golden State using a 33-15 first quarter to establish the pace and put Utah away.
The Jazz returned home for Game 3 desperately needing a win to stay competitive, but fell short with the Warriors playing extremely well down the stretch.
Finally, Game 4 showcased the Warriors’ balanced attack as well as the Jazz’s fatigue, ending in a blowout.
Head coach Quin Snyder seemingly refused to up his team’s offensive pace in an effort to match the firepower of the Warriors, neglecting to attack them in transition especially.
This was just one reason behind the Jazz’s sound defeat. Here are the three most impactful factors that determined the series victor.