Rebounding better would be Smart thing to do

The Warriors are a better rebounding team. Last season, they averaged just over 38.4 per game. This season, they're averaging 40.5.

It's probably safe to assume the Warriors' didn't acquire David Lee to improve two rebounds.

Golden State hasn't seen the dividends on the boards recently even though the full roster is healthy.

Warriors coach Keith Smart said he would like to see the Warriors get back to crashing the boards.

"Early in the year, we did a better job of getting to the glass on shots and particularly on free throws," Smart said before Sunday's game. "So that's something we need to do a better job of."

Friday's loss to Charlotte snapped a streak of seven straight games in which the Warriors were outrebounded. During that stretch, the Warriors were outrebounded by an average of five boards per game. They entered Sunday's game against the Utah Jazz ranked 29th in the NBA with a rebound margin of minus-4.39.

Golden State won the battle of the boards 49-41 over the Bobcats. But even in that game, the Warriors gave up 17 offensive rebounds. Entering Sunday, the Warriors had allowed double-digit offensive rebounds in eight of their past 10 games.

"Really," Smart said, "it is an important thing for us to work on because it will help us grow as a defensive team. We have to be aggressive and not wait on our heels against a team like Utah. They will push us around under the basket if we are not aggressive."

Through the first half, the Warriors had outrebounded Utah 24-23. The Warriors finished with a 47-42 advantage.

It's no coincidence Golden State broke the rebound drought when center Andris Biedrins started to crash the boards. He had 12 against Charlotte. It was his first double-digit rebounding game since Dec. 14 vs. Minnesota. He also double-doubled against the Jazz.

  • Jazz point guard Deron Williams missed his second consecutive game. He has a strained tendon in his right wrist. In his first two games against the Warriors, Williams averaged 26.5 points on 50 percent shooting with eight assists. Earl Watson started Sunday in his place.

  • Warriors guard Monta Ellis went scoreless on five shots in the first half and finished 1 for 9 for the game.

    -- MARCUS THOMPSON II