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Warriors' plane issues lead to 2 a.m. arrival in Utah

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The Warriors had a plan on how they wanted to prepare for their game against the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. 

Take a day off on Friday following back-to-back games the two nights priors, and then fly out to Salt Lake City on Friday night. Saturday morning would be spent at shootaround, and then it would be game time. 

Nothing went as planned

The Warriors' team plane had multiple technical difficulties, resulting in a delayed takeoff and an arrival time of 2 a.m. MT. Because of such a late arrival, the team canceled shootaround and held a brief meeting instead.

"It was just one of those strange games that happen every year on the schedule, where everything goes wrong and your preparation is off and you have no idea what to expect," coach Steve Kerr told media roughly 90 minutes before tip-off. "In this particular case, we're coming in to play the hottest team in the league. So we'll have our hands full tonight."

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Not that plane malfunctions and travel delays are ever ideal, but this was especially bad timing for the Warriors. 

Coming off their worst game of the young season, the Warriors are looking to get back on track, or at least clean up some of what happened on Thursday, against, as Kerr said, one of the "hottest" teams in the league. 

The Jazz are on a seven-game winning streak -- currently, the longest in the NBA -- and have several players who can give the Warriors trouble. 

 

Steph Curry will have to deal with defending Mike Conley while trying to outperform Donovan Mitchell, and James Wiseman will have another tall task dealing with Rudy Gobert, the best defensive center in the league.

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Those matchups, in addition to remedying issues already plaguing the team with less preparation than originally planned, the Warriors will have their hands full. 

"Hopefully we will play with more discipline defensively, less fouling, more rebounding, and give ourselves a chance," Kerr said.