JaVale McGee

Warriors' smothering defense overlooked during win streak

The Golden State Warriors' offense — led by former MVPs Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant — has overwhelmed the Utah Jazz for a 3-0 lead in the second-round Western Conference playoff series.

Lost in the highlights has been a smothering defense allowing just 99.3 points per game — second-best among teams still alive in the postseason.

With the exception of Gordon Hayward, and Rudy Gobert to a smaller degree, the Jazz have struggled offensively as open looks have been hard to come by in the series.

Jazz coach Quin Snyder said Golden State's combination of length and quickness makes things difficult.

Golden State's 97.4 defensive rating is a postseason-best and more...