They can still go to L.A. between the games if they want. —Jazz guard/forward Joe Ingles
OAKLAND, Calif. — Some Golden State Warriors caused a stir before the start of the Western Conference semifinals by claiming they would’ve rather played the Clippers instead of the Jazz.
This wasn't about basketball, by the way.
It was about the nightlife in Los Angeles compared to Utah.
"There's no nightlife in Utah,” Warriors forward Matt Barnes told ESPN. “Obviously, as players, you want to be able to have a little bit of a nightlife.”
Forward Andre Iguodala took it one step further. He’s of the opinion that the ZZs in the Utah Jazz name stand for the snoozing sounds made while in the Beehive State.
"The problem with Utah is that you're just sitting there and your mind is, like, dead, because in L.A., you still got energy for the game," Iguodala said. "Because you're in L.A., you're like, 'Man, this is just the vibe in L.A.' But in Utah, it can kind of lull you to sleep.
“And then,” he continued, “you've slept too long or I'm bored out of my mind and now you got to try to pump yourself up for the game. You know you're in the playoffs and you're supposed to be pumped anyway, but the vibe is just like, 'Man, let's just get out of here.’”
Jazz forward Joe Ingles came up with a great solution, which could help Golden State and Utah.
“They can still go to L.A. between the games if they want,” Ingles joked. “They’ve got enough money to pay for a jet to go over for a night and come back on game day.”
Ingles likes the thought of the Warriors wearing themselves out in nightclubs rather than sleeping or strategizing in preparation for the series.
The humorous Aussie even offered one more option.
“If they want the entertainment, they can drive to Vegas if they really want,” Ingles said. “I’ll hire the car for them.”
The Warriors should probably look elsewhere for advice if they want advice on hot spots to hit at night.
“I haven’t thought about nightlife for about 12 years. You’re asking the wrong (person),” Ingles said, smiling. “I couldn’t tell you one place to go in America.”
While Jazz fans took those two Warriors to task for their comments — acting coach Mike Brown and Draymond Green didn’t fall into the clickbait trap question, by the way — Ingles was quick to show his appreciation for a spot that he thinks is a pretty, great state.
“Obviously, I love Utah. I think it’s a great place,” Ingles said. “It’s good to be able to focus on our job, our basketball and what we do.”
As for Green, he’s focused on what happens in the arena not at the clubs.
"It's the playoffs," the Warriors versatile big man said. "Nobody worried about nightlife during the playoffs.”
If they are, the Warriors should definitely hit Ingles up for a ride.
INJURY REPORT: Derrick Favors, who came up big for the Jazz in the Game 7 win over the Clippers, has been listed as questionable for Game 1 vs. Golden State because of lower back soreness.
Favors, who had 17 points and 11 rebounds while filling in for foul-plagued Rudy Gobert on Sunday, did not participate in Monday’s practice at a San Francisco health club.
Jazz coach Quin Snyder credited the Jazz big man for battling through injuries this season. He’s had back issues in previous seasons, but he mostly dealt with knee issues this year.
“The mental toughness that it requires is the most important thing at this time of the year,” Snyder said. “Derrick’s been there before. Hopefully, it’s something we can help him manage and that he can be well enough to play through.”
For the Warriors, Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain) is probable, Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain/hand contusion) is questionable and Kevon Looney (left hip strain) is out.