LAST TIME OUT
The Warriors fell behind early and never recovered in Friday’s 120-98 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at Oracle Arena. The game marked the Bay Area return of Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh, who were making their Bucks debut after Tuesday’s five-player trade between the two teams. David Lee had 22 points and nine rebounds, Klay Thompson had 19 points and Dorell Wright tallied 17 points and seven rebounds. FULL GAME RECAP
WARRIORS VS. JAZZ
Saturday's contest will mark the third of four meetings between the Warriors and Jazz this season, and the first in Utah. The two teams split the first two matchups, the most recent being a 119-101 Warriors win on February 2. Playing in Utah is never easy for a visiting team, and it certainly doesn't help that the Warriors will be playing on the back end of a back-to-back. The Warriors, however, have fought through adversity all season and it wouldn't be a surprise if that were to happen again on Saturday.
JEFFERSON SET TO MAKE HIS WARRIORS DEBUT
Richard Jefferson was all set to make his Warriors debut on Friday, but Stephen Jackson hadn't taken his physical for the Spurs yet, so by NBA rules Jefferson couldn't suit up for the Warriors. Jefferson, however, is expected to play for the Warriors on Saturday in Salt Lake City. The team will certainly benefit from Jefferson's addition to the lineup. Even though he is having a down year statistically, he does provide veteran leadership and a winning pedigree. Plus, he’s shooting 42.1 percent on 3-pointers this season, giving the Warriors another threat from long distance.
SEIZING THE MOMENT
With Monta Ellis now playing for the Bucks, Warriors rookie Klay Thompson has moved into the starting two-guard role. However, Thompson had picked up his play well before the promotion. He's now scored in double figures in seven-straight games, averaging 16.7 points during that stretch.
Injuries:Warriors - Stephen Curry (mild sprain, right ankle) is day-to-day. Andrew Bogut (left ankle fracture) is out. Jazz - Al Jefferson (personal reasons), Earl Watson (sprained left ankle) and Raja Bell (strained left adductor) are out.
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