OAKLAND -- Six days after sweeping Portland to advance to the second round of the playoffs, the Warriors now know their opponent.
The Utah Jazz put together a sterling performance Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles to vanquish the Clippers and earn the right to meet the defending Western Conference champion Warriors.
Game 1 is Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, with Game 2 scheduled for Thursday night. Tipoff for both games is 7:30.
The Warriors faced the Jazz three times in the regular season, winning twice. They won in their only trip to Salt Lake City, 106-99 on Dec. 8. Twelve days later, at Oracle Arena, the Warriors romped to a 104-74 win.
The Jazz posted their lone victory on April 10, a 105-99 win at Oracle Arena.
Those numbers are, for all intents and purposes, ancient history. The Warriors never faced a fully healthy Jazz team, not that it matters much to Draymond Green and his teammates -- particularly if the Warriors carry over the intensity shown in closing out Portland last Monday night.
“Whoever it is in front of you, if you’re locked in like that, if we’re locked in like that, I think we can beat anyone,” Green said after practice Sunday. “And I don’t care who it is. When we have that type of focus level, I think, no matter who you put in front of us it’s over.”
Below is the schedule for the Western Conference Semifinals series between the Golden State Warriors and Utah Jazz:
GAME DAY, DATE TIME (PDT) LOCATION
GAME 1 Tuesday, May 2 7:30 p.m. Oracle Arena
GAME 2 Thursday, May 4 7:30 p.m. Oracle Arena
GAME 3 Saturday, May 6 5:30 p.m. Vivint Smart Home Arena
GAME 4 Monday, May 8 6:00 p.m. Vivint Smart Home Arena
GAME 5* Wednesday, May 10 TBD Oracle Arena
GAME 6* Friday, May 12 TBD Vivint Smart Home Arena
GAME 7* Sunday, May 14 TBD Oracle Arena