Golden State Warriors (1-1) @ Utah Jazz (0-0)
Energy Solutions Arena – Salt Lake City, Utah
Tip Off @ 7:00 p.m.
Projected Starting Lineups:
Golden State Warriors
PG – Steph Curry
SG – Klay Thompson
SF – Andre Iguodala
PF – David Lee
C – Andrew Bogut
PG – Trey Burke
SG – Alec Burks
SF – Gordon Hayward
PF – Derrick Favors
C – Enes Kanter
The time has finally arrived Jazz fans! The NBA season is getting underway tonight with the Jazz’s first pre-season game at home against the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors enter tonight’s game having already played 2 games this pre-season. One of those games was last night as the Warriors topped the Sacramento Kings 94-81. So far this pre-season, the Warriors have went 1-1, as they lost to the L.A. Lakers on October 5th.
As mentioned before, this will be the first pre-season game for the Jazz. Tonight, fans will get their first actual look at the group of young guys that the fans have so much hope for. The first game will be no easy task.
Trey Burke’s first NBA matchup will be against one of the leagues best point guards in Steph Curry. Very tough matchup and Jazz fans should not get discouraged if Trey struggles. Pre-season will be a good test for Trey to get used to the speed of the NBA.
Tonight will also be good to see how Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter perform against starter level talent. Favors will be matched up with David Lee, an all-star. Kanter will be matched up against Andrew Bogut. If Jazz fans believe that Kanter is better than Al Jefferson, this will be a good matchup for him to prove that. Bogut gave Big Al troubles every game they played.
Gordon Hayward will need to prove that he is the vocal leader of this team and be as aggressive as the coaches have expressed they want him to be. Alec Burks will have a good opportunity to prove he belongs as a starter with the rest of the young core.
This game will be a good opportunity to see how the bench performs. The Warriors have a bench that is not as good as it was last season. The Jazz being in a rebuilding mode this season, have been criticized for their weak bench. This will be a good chance to prove that they are better than people think.
Last but not least, Richard Jefferson, Andris Biedrins, and Brandon Rush will see their old teammates for the first time since being traded to the Jazz back in July. However, Rush may not play.
The season is here Jazz fans! It is time to get excited and support this team! Tip off is set for 7:00. You can catch the game on TV on Root Sports, or on the radio at 1280 The Zone. Also, if you are interested in going to the game, you can find tickets online at www.utahjazz.com, or by calling the Utah Jazz Ticket Office at (801) 325-7223.