The Warriors landed in Salt Lake City around 2 a.m. Saturday after their flight was delayed multiple times because of mechanical issues with the team plane.
Forced to cancel shootaround so his players could get much-needed sleep, Golden State head coach Steve Kerr only had a brief meeting with his team to go over the game plan for a potential title contender. Asked pregame how he was feeling, Kerr said, “I have no idea what to expect.”
He got a worst-case scenario.
From the moment they tipped off Saturday night at Vivint Arena, the Warriors appeared out of sorts, slogging through a 127-108 loss to the Jazz that reinforced how much the young team has to learn.
After digging a quick 14-0 hole, Golden State got within single digits by the end of the first quarter, only to be outscored 38-17 in the second and enter halftime down 30. The lone highlight on a night the Warriors hope to soon forget came early in the third quarter, when guard Stephen Curry hit a corner 3-pointer to pass Reggie Miller (2,560) for second on the NBA’s all-time 3-pointers list behind Ray Allen (2,973).
The milestone, however, did little to ease the sting of Golden State’s second straight dud. In Thursday’s 15-point loss to the Knicks, the Warriors played porous defense and committed 26 fouls. Two nights later, they again struggled to stay in front of their men, allowing the Jazz to…