Flu to Keep Draymond Green From Returning Against Jazz

[CSNBY] Flu to keep Draymond Green from returning against Jazz
Monte Poole

OAKLAND -- The Warriors won't have any of their four All-Stars available Sunday, when try to settle a score with the Utah Jazz on Sunday afternoon at Oracle Arena.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30, with tipoff scheduled for 5:35.

With Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson out, payback will be exceedingly difficult against the team that gave the Warriors (54-18) their worst loss of the season on Jan. 30 in Salt Lake City.

Green was set to return from a pelvic contusion, but flu-like symptoms will keep him from playing Sunday.

Since coming into late January struggling, well out of the playoff picture, the Jazz (41-32) has gotten healthy and recovered to win 22 of its last 26 games.

BETTING LINE:
Jazz by 7

MATCHUP TO WATCH
Pat McCaw & Co vs. Donovan Mitchell: Utah's PG has shoved his way into the Rookie of the Year race with Philadelphia's Ben Simmons and is a big reason why the Jazz regrouped so well after Gordon Hayward's departure as a free agent. Mitchell's 20.3 ppg leads the Jazz and all NBA rookies. Warriors coach Steve Kerr was leaning toward starting McCaw, who will try to use his length to disrupt Mitchell. In addition to McCaw, expect Andre Iguodala and Quinn Cook to go after Mitchell.

INJURY REPORT:
Warriors: G Shaun Livingston (groin strain) and G Nick Young (R knee contusion) are listed as probable. G Pat McCaw (low back contusion) is listed as questionable. F Omri Casspi (R ankle sprain) is listed as doubtful. G Stephen Curry (R MCL sprain), F Kevin Durant (R rib soreness), F Draymond Green (flu-like symptoms) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) are listed as out.

Jazz: G Raul Neto (L wrist fracture) and G/F Thabo Sefolosha (R knee surgery) are listed as out.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 6-4. Jazz: 8-2.

GAME OFFICIALS:
David Guthrie (crew chief), Bennie Adams, Scott Wall

SERIES HISTORY:
The teams split the first two of four meetings this season, the Warriors with a 126-101 win on Dec. 27 in Oakland and the Jazz with a 129-99 win on Jan. 30 in Salt Lake City. The Warriors won two of three meetings last season and are 10-3 against Utah in the Steve Kerr era.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
THE VETS: With the four All-Stars ruled out, the Warriors have to lean on veterans Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and David West. None has been in peak form offensively, so they'll to turn it up against one of the league's smarter teams. West, in particular, can be effective against Utah's big men if his midrange game is on.

THE YOUNGSTERS: This is a chance for the likes of Jordan Bell, Quinn Cook, Kevon Looney and Pat McCaw to rise to the occasion. They'll need to bring energy at both ends against a Jazz team that may be susceptible to a letdown against a group of Warriors light on big names.

PATIENCE AND TRIPLES: Utah's defensive rating over the past two months (26 games) is an astonishing 96.5, largely due to the presence of C Rudy Gobert in the paint. The Warriors will need to stretch the floor and be patient, a concept that can work -- if 3-pointers are falling. That helped Hawks PG Dennis Schroder torch Utah for 41 points last Tuesday.

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