The Golden State Warriors caught fire in the first round of the NBA Playoffs, shooting 49.4 percent from the field and 40.1 percent from three as a team, and upset the Denver Nuggets in six games. They start their second round series against the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night and they are looking to continue their torrid offensive pace.
San Antonio is a much sounder defensive team than the Nuggets, but it’s hard to believe they are fully going to be able to stop the red-hot Stephen Curry and the rolling Warriors offense completely. However, Golden State will need their secondary players to maintain a high level of play against the Spurs and some of those players will need to step up. One of those players that needs to improve is Jarrett Jack.
Looking at his statistics from the series against the Nuggets, Jack played well. He averaged 18.8 points, seven assists and 5.2 rebounds per game on 52.6 percent shooting. That’s a more than solid level of productivity, especially from a sixth man. However, that doesn’t tell the whole story for Jack.
Jack shot poorly from three against the Nuggets, hitting only 30.8 percent of his shots from long range. Jack also turned the ball over four times per game in the series. The main reason for those blunders in his game and why he needs to improve against the Spurs is his decision making.
Against Denver, Jack often seemed to get a head full of steam and just try and score on his own. This often ended in him taking a poor shot attempt, committing a turnover, or missing a wide-open shooter. Missing the open shooters was the most egregious and common error that Jack made in that series. Though the Warriors eventually won, they could have won more easily had Jack found Curry and Klay Thompson whenever they were open instead of trying to get to the rim or forcing the play through another player.
Jack can’t make the same mistakes like turning the ball over as frequently and missing open passes against the Spurs. The Spurs are better defensively than they Nuggets and are a better offensive team as well that capitalizes on their opponents’ errors. If Jack continues to try and force things instead of making the smart play, it will probably spell doom for Golden State.