A Jazz home loss to the Warriors offers some takeaways ahead of an important January stretch – The Athletic

On Saturday night, the Golden State Warriors defeated the Utah Jazz, 123-116, at Vivint Arena.

Stephen Curry put on a show in the fourth quarter, scoring 28 points in all. The Warriors nailed every shot, every move, every good play throughout the stretch. And the Jazz, playing their third game in four nights, looked a little tired when it mattered most.

Were there any takeaways from two of the top three Western Conference teams meeting for the first time? Both teams were shorthanded, so there weren’t many grandiose things to proclaim. But there were still some important things Jazz fans can point out as the NBA schedule progresses in January.

We take a look here.

Jockey for position

Because the Warriors, Jazz, and Phoenix Suns are so good and all relatively close to each other in ability, home-court advantage theoretically looms large in the playoffs.

In this case, seed #1 seems vitally important. No disrespect to the Memphis Grizzlies, who currently sit in fourth place, or the Los Angeles Lakers, who could get fourth or fifth place if they get Anthony Davis back and healthy, but the top three teams were the best teams. in the Western Conference for the entire regular season.

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