Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert is one of the finest defensive players in the NBA—his dauntless and endless protection of the rim has him challenging two-time runner-up Draymond Green for the Defensive Player of the Year award.
But no center—heck, almost no player—would have stood a chance against the moves Stephen Curry pulled in Gobert on Tuesday night, when the Jazz and Golden State Warriors opened their second-round series in the Bay Area.
After a screen and a defensive switch, Curry found himself with the mismatch on Gobert. He treated the Frenchman to a series of crossovers, which sent Gobert spinning—twice!—as Curry weaved his was to the hoop for two.
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The Jazz refused to go away for much of the game, remaining in striking distance through three quarters before Golden State finally pulled away in the fourth to win 106-94.
“I feel like I’ve got one of the better seats in the house, and I’m not even paying for it,” said acting coach Mike Brown, who's filling in for Steve Kerr while the head coach struggles back pain. “I mean, Steph is just dynamic with the basketball. And if the gameplan is to switch Rudy out on Steph from time to time….
“That’s tough for anybody, let alone a seven-footer to try to defend with all of the space because of the shooters that we have behind him.”
Curry led all Warriors with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. He was only needed for 21 seconds of the final period.