What they're saying: Reacting to Ellis' departure

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What they're saying: Reacting to Ellis' departure

There is no doubt that the trade of Monta Ellis and Ekpe Udoh to the Milwaukee Bucks in a deal for Andrew Bogut is a move that the Golden State Warriors made for the future.Of course it was.Bogut is not expected to play this season after breaking his left ankle, and Stephen Jackson, whom the Warriors also acquired, doesnt figure to be a quick fix.Thats a tough pill to swallow for coach Mark Jackson and players such as David Lee, Dorell Wright and Stephen Curry. Each of those guys were thinking playoffs and that idea took a major hit on Tuesday because of the trade.RECAP: Monta-less Warriors blow out Kings 115-89
Heres what they had to say about the trade:Warriors coach Mark Jackson on whether the playoffs are still the goal: Theres no other option for me. Doesnt make a difference who is there the mission remains the same. Our objective is to play Warriors basketball and let the chips fall where they may. But the promise remains the same.Jackson on whether theres any way the Warriors could be better immediately after the trade: We lost some big pieces and the only way we can be better is each guy has got to make that extra percentage, increase their game. We played tonight without a big chunk of our success lately and the entire season. Its going to be a tall task to say we can be better. But we can continue to play with energy and passion and determination and come up with wins.Dorell Wright on the trade: I dont have any thoughts. Im just a player. I come in here and do my job and continue to work hard. Thats the front office youve got to ask that question to.David Lee on whether he thinks the team took a hit in the short term: It certainly, on paper, looks that way. Thats the best way of putting it, I think. We acquired two great players but from what I heard Bogut is out for a long while. So, it certainly seems that way. We lost two guys who are a huge part of what we do.Lee on whether the playoffs are realistic: What Im going to say right now is Im happy we won this game tonight and we have a tough one tomorrow and well re-evaluate and see whats going on. Take it game by game but theres been a lot of changes in the last two hours so we have to take a step back.Stephen Curry on whether he thinks the philosophy has changed from playoffs to the future: Obviously this trade has dented our roster a little bit. But we understand that there are games still to be played but if we come out with effort and energy who knows what can happen?

Warriors pushed late by Jazz, still come out on top in Utah

Warriors pushed late by Jazz, still come out on top in Utah

BOX SCORE

SALT LAKE CITY — The Golden State Warriors needed less than nine minutes to open a 24-point lead over the short-handed Utah Jazz on Thursday night.

Stephen Curry scored 26 points and the Warriors controlled the Jazz from start to finish in a 106-99 victory.

Curry had 14 points during a 29-1 run that made it 29-5. The Jazz's only lead of the game was 4-2.

"Loss of focus," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said about the second half. "Our first quarter was great, we pushed the ball and our defensive intensity was fantastic. I think we let down. We started turning it over some careless, purposeless plays.

"We didn't really have an idea of what we were trying to accomplish. Some defensive mistakes not getting out on shooters and they took advantage."

Kevin Durant added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Golden State.

Jazz center Rudy Gobert had 20 points and 17 rebounds, Joe Ingles scored a career-high 21 points, and Shelvin Mack added a season-high 19.

The Jazz have four starters sidelined by injuries, including their top three scorers.

"I didn't do a good job of attacking throughout the game and I thought that was a good opportunity for me to attack," Durant said about the fourth quarter.

Golden State led 65-46 at halftime as the second unit allowed the Jazz to hang around and, technically, remain within striking distance. The urgency from the first quarter disappeared in the second half and the Jazz crept within five in the fourth quarter thanks to buckets from Mack and Ingles, but Durant closed the game with 11 in the final period.

"What we've discussed is just roles," Jazz coach Quin Snyder said about surviving the injuries. "They can morph. They widen, they can narrow, they can do anything. Hopefully, on a team, guys are willing to evolve and adjust to what the team needs. That's really all we emphasized."

TIP-INS

Warriors: Rookie Patrick McCaw scored a career-high 10 points, all in the first half. ... Shaun Livingston took the night off to rest. ... Draymond Green was two assists shy of his 15th career triple-double. ... Green tweaked his ankle, but he and Kerr didn't seem overly concerned.

Jazz: Utah started the combination of Joe Johnson, Mack, Dante Exum, Gobert and Boris Diaw for the first time this season. ... Ingles hit a career-high five 3-pointers.

INJURED JAZZ

The Jazz were without four starters — Gordon Hayward (finger), Rodney Hood (hamstring), George Hill (toe) and Derrick Favors (knee). Utah has been dealing with injuries all season, but Thursday was their most depleted lineup to date.

"It's easy to be frustrated," Snyder said. "That's something you have to just fight against and make a decision to do the best with where we are.

"It's a credit to our guys really. We've got a group that has character. Over a longer period of time it becomes more challenging. ... Hopefully, there's a silver lining. We've got some guys that are getting minutes that may not be getting otherwise."

QUOTABLE

"This team, my first year was kind of a surprise and everybody seemed to love us. Now maybe it's changed a little bit. It honestly makes no difference to us." — Kerr.

ROLES

Snyder said roles morph, but Joe Johnson added that shouldn't be a difficult thing night-to-night.

"This is our profession, man," Johnson said. "This is what we signed up for. This is what we do. When you're number's called, you've got to be ready regardless of the circumstances."

UP NEXT

Warriors: Golden State travels to face the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday in the third game of a five-game trip.

Jazz: Utah hosts a Sacramento Kings team on Saturday that has lost eight of 12 on the road.

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

Warriors recall first-round pick Damian Jones from Santa Cruz

The Warriors recalled center Damian Jones from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced on Thursday.                             

During his most recent assignment, which began Nov. 30, Jones averaged 2.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.00 blocks in 19.3 minutes over three games with the Warriors’ D-League affiliate.

The Vanderbilt product, who was selected 30th overall by Golden State in the 2016 NBA Draft, grabbed a season-high 12 rebounds in 17 minutes on Dec. 3 at Maine.

The 7’0”, 245-pound center has appeared in five games (two starts) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 2.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.20 blocks in 19.0 minutes.

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