SAN FRANCISCO -- It has been six years since the Warriors were swept in a four-game season series. That will change Wednesday night if they can’t overcome the Utah Jazz.
Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 p.m., with tipoff from Chase Center scheduled for 7.
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The last team to take four games from the Warriors was the San Antonio Spurs, who accomplished the feat in 2013-14, when Stephen Curry was a first-time starter in the All-Star Game and Mark Jackson was in his last season as coach. And two of those games were two-point losses.
The Warriors won 12 of their first 18 games against the Jazz under coach Steve Kerr before losing the first three this season by an average margin of 8.7 points. Golden State (10-35) have lost 11 of its last 12 games overall.
The Jazz (30-13) have gone the other way, winning 12 of their last 13 and going an NBA-best 17-2 since Dec. 9. Unlike previous seasons, when Utah relied on its defense, it’s the offense leading the way. The Jazz’s offensive rating since then (117.6) is tops in the league by a wide margin over the second-place Denver Nuggets.
To have a chance of avoiding a winless season against the Jazz, the Warriors must be at their absolute best Wednesday.
F – Royce O’Neale
F – Bojan Bogdonovic
C – Rudy Gobert
G – Joe Ingles
G – Donovan Mitchell
F – Glenn Robinson III
F – Draymond Green
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
G – Damion Lee
G – D’Angelo Russell
Jazz: No injuries reported. F Jarrell Brantley, G Miye Oni, G Nigel Williams-Goss and G Justin Wright-Foreman are on assignment with the G League's Salt Lake Stars.
Warriors: G Jacob Evans (concussion) is listed as questionable. G Stephen Curry (left-hand fracture), C/F Kevon Looney (left abdominal soreness) and G Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) are listed as out. G Ky Bowman and F/C Alen Smailagic are on assignment with the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors.
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Jazz: Gobert has been coping with a mild ankle sprain but was not listed on the afternoon injury report. He’s having a superb season, averaging 15.4 points (68 percent shooting), 14.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. ... Mitchell is the team’s top scorer (24.7 points per game) and is shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc in January. ... Though Mike Conley returned Saturday after missing 14 games with hamstring tightness, he has been used as a reserve with limited minutes. He scored 14 points in 18 minutes Saturday in a win over the Indiana Pacers. ... G Jordan Clarkson, acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Eve, has provided offensive punch off the bench. Though 13 games with the Jazz, he’s averaging 14.8 points, shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc, in 25.2 points per game. He is filling the role of Sixth Man vacated by Ingles, who entered starting lineup when Conley was injured. ... Utah leads the NBA in 3-point percentage. at 38.8. Reserve F Georges Niang (44.0), O’Neale (43.3), Ingles (41.8) and Bogdanovic (41.4) are all above 40 percent.
Warriors: After dressing only nine players -- including the ailing Green, who did not play but is expected to Wednesday -- Monday, the return of Glenn Robinson III and possibly Evans, who participated in the morning shootaround, could bump the roster to 11. ... G/F Alec Burks has scored in double figures in 25 of the last 27 games, averaging 17.2 ppg over that span, during which he made 12 starts. ... G Jordan Poole’s streak of games in which he scored in double figures ended at four Monday, when he totaled nine points on 2-of-11 shooting. He averaged 15.3 points per game in the previous four games, shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from deep. ... F Eric Paschall over the last six games averaged 16.3 points per game while shooting 53.3 percent. ... The Warriors are No. 2 in free-throw percentage at 81.1 behind the Portland Trail Blazers (81.2), and Golden State is on pace to shoot at least 80 percent from the line for the third consecutive season. ... The last time the Warriors went 0-4 in the regular season against the Jazz was 2001-02, when Golden State finished with a 21-61 record.
Officials: David Guthrie (crew chief), Scott Twardoski, Jacyn Goble.