Warriors aren't expecting Jazz to lay down in Game 4 Monday night

Warriors aren't expecting Jazz to lay down in Game 4 Monday night

SALT LAKE CITY — The Warriors weren’t talking about what they did on their day off Sunday at Monday’s shootaround, rather what they expected in Monday night’s Game 4 at Vivint Arena.

The Warriors are hoping to duplicate their Game 4 performance against Portland two weeks ago when they jumped out to leads of 14-0, 22-3 and 35-9 and a 45-22 first-quarter margin in cruising to a 128-103 victory over the Blazers in Portland.

Coach Mike Brown doesn’t expect another start like two weeks ago when his team made 14 of their first 17 shots, but he is hoping for another quick start like the first three games of the series against the Jazz.

“Usually if we can get going early, we’re pretty good the rest of the time,” said Brown. “Hopefully everybody comes out with the right mind frame.”

Brown, who is the acting head coach in place of ailing Steve Kerr, acknowledged that it’s easy for teams to relax a bit when they’re up 3-0 in a best-of-seven series.

“You can talk about different scenarios that have happened in the NBA,” he said. “But Utah’s not going to quit. Hopefully we’ll come out and we’ll take heed to it and play the right way.”

Both Steph Curry and Draymond Green echoed their coach in saying they expected a tough game from Utah and that they weren’t about to quit, despite their 3-0 hole.

“It’ll be another hard-fought game,” Curry said. “They have pride as a team and want to get a win at home. So it’s up to us to play as best a 48-minute game as we can to withstand some of the runs that are going to happen.”

Green added, “They’re going to fight. This isn’t a team that’s going to quit. They have a lot of pride, a lot of standup guys on this team they’re defeintely not going to quit. We’re going to come out and play good if we’re going to win this game and close out the series. But to expect them to come out and lay down — I don’t see that.”

If Utah does win Monday, the series returns to Oakland for Game 5 at Oracle Arena Wednesday night.

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Published at Mon, 08 May 2017 20:07:00 +0000