When the Warriors play with energy on defense and make a point to rebound, they hold teams to a low field goal percentage and have a good chance to win. Putting forth energy on defense means the bench has to play well enough to stay on the floor, so the starters can go all out and not have to think about saving energy for the fourth quarter.
The win over the Hornets last night was sparked by the energy off the bench. Vladamir Radmanovic scored all of his 13 points in the first half and Ekpe Udoh continues to improve every game and has been rewarded with more minutes. It's almost to the point where Keith Smart could start Udoh over Andris Biedrins. Udoh doesn't foul as much and is not the offensive liability Biedrins can be. Biedrins should still start, as coach Smart must factor in Biedrins fragile level of confidence. Udoh deserves the minutes and looks to be the rim protector the Warriors have lacked for years.
The Warriors should be able to handle a depleted Jazz team who is without Andre Kirilenko, Ronnie Price, Raja Bell, and Memo Okur. Plus Deron Williams has a hurt right wrist, his shooting wrist. Both teams are on the second game of a back to back and the Warriors outstanding bench play allowed the starters to save some energy for the game tonight.
As Bob Fitzgerald said, "the Jazz are leaking oil and could be on the way down."
It appears the Jazz are leaking the proverbial oil, as they are 0-2 after the resignation of 23 year head coach Jerry Sloan. The Warriors need to lure the Jazz into the up-and-down game and run Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap off the court. Also, D-Will struggling on ouside shots with that bad shooting wrist. The Warriors guards need to give play him like Rajon Rondo. Embarrass him into shooting, and don't let him beat you with dribble penetration.