Shorthanded Warriors overmatched in loss to Jazz
STIFLED BY THE TOWER
OAKLAND -- Heavy on heart and hustle, light on proficiency, the shorthanded Warriors on Sunday night often looked like the overmatched Warriors of yesteryear in a 110-91 loss to the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena
With the Warriors missing their four All-Stars, Quinn Cook led them in scoring with 17 points, while Andre Iguodala dropped in 12.
The Warriors (54-19) shot 41.8 percent from the field, with starters JaVale McGee and Nick Young combining to go 7-of-26 (26.9 percent).
Though Draymond Green’s pelvic contusion healed sufficiently for him to return, he was a late scratch with flu-like symptoms and joined Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson on the sideline.
There weren’t many shining moments for the Warriors. Some of the brightest came when Iguodala, whose greatest asset is not his shooting, was launching from deep.
Iguodala’s line: 12 points (4-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc), two rebounds, two assists and one steal. He played 19 minutes, finishing minus-6.
After the Warriors closed the first half on a Young layup that pulled them within six, 53-47, the Jazz opened the third quarter with an 25-5 run, taking a 78-52 lead on a Donovan Mitchell 3-pointer with 4:45 left in the quarter.
Utah pushed the lead as high as 26 in the quarter. The Warriors got no closer than 19 in the fourth quarter.
Warriors: G Shaun Livingston (groin strain) and G Nick Young (R knee contusion) were listed as probable and upgraded to available prior to tipoff. G Pat McCaw (low back contusion) was listed as questionable and upgraded to available. F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain) was listed as doubtful and downgraded to out. G Stephen Curry (R MCL sprain), F Kevin Durant (R rib soreness), F Draymond Green (flu-like symptoms) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) were listed as out.
Jazz: G Raul Neto (L wrist fracture) and G/F Thabo Sefolosha (R knee surgery) were listed as out.
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The Warriors return to action Tuesday night, when they face the Indiana Pacers at Oracle Arena. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.