Key Trends from Golden State's Comfortable Game 1 Win

The Warriors handled business in their first game against the Utah Jazz with a 106-94 win that was not as close as the final margin would indicate. Here are some key trends from the first game that will be important elements to watch for as the series continued.

The Golden State Warriors jumped out to a 9-0 lead in the first quarter of Game 1 against the Utah Jazz and never really looked back. Utah cut the Warriors' lead to one point early in the first quarter but never led in a 106-94 victory for the Warriors. Although the Jazz did manage to cut the deficit slightly in garbage time (Golden State led by 20 points with 5:16 remaining), the Warriors dictated the flow of the game for the entire night.

While it is too early in the series to draw firm conclusions, there were some important elements from this game that will factor into the direction of the rest of the series.

1. Draymond Green cannot be stopped

Draymond Green might not have led the Warriors in scoring on Monday night, but he was Golden State's most important player. He finished with 17 points on 10 shots, 8 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals. He and Klay Thompson led the Warriors to a huge run to start the second quarter, as the Warriors quickly turned a 6-point lead into a double-digit margin with only those two starters on the floor. Draymond's plus-minus of +19 was better than any Warrior besides Thompson. He also capped off the big Warriors run to start the second quarter with some crucial baskets: