When the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Clippers were doing battle in Game 7 of the first round of the Western Conference playoffs on Sunday, the Golden State Warriors were waiting to see who they'd play next.
Having dispatched the Portland Trail Blazers in four games, the Warriors have been resting and waiting for their conference semifinal opponent to emerge.
However, as they watched Chris Paul and the Clippers do battle against Gordon Hayward and the Jazz, they had a significant rooting interest.
According to ESPN.com, Golden State players wanted to face the Clippers in the second round because there's no nightlife in Utah:
"No comparison. There's no such thing, man," Warriors' forward Matt Barnes said. "There's no nightlife in Utah. Obviously, as players, you want to be able to have a little bit of a nightlife, but the main focus is winning games. Me personally, I want to get out there because I want to beat the Clippers. That's my former team, and my kids are out there. But as far as nightlife, there's no comparison to nightlife in Utah and L.A."
Obviously, the Warriors should be more focused on their playoff series than on nightlife, but it's also understandable that they want something to do after tough road games.
Enter Jazz forward Joe Ingles, who offered a pair of brilliant solutions to the party-seeking Warriors for the days off between Games 3 and 4 of the upcoming series:
"They can still go to L.A. between games if they want," Ingles said to reporters Monday. "They've got enough money to pay for a jet and go home and come back on game day, so... If they want the entertainment, they can drive to Vegas too if they really want. I'll hire a car for them if they want."
Ingles and the Jazz are probably hoping the Warriors take him up on that offer and make the five-hour drive down I-15 between games.
A night or two in Vegas may slow down Golden State enough for the Jazz to fare better than the Blazers, who were simply overmatched by the high-powered Warriors' offense.
Obviously, with two straight trips to the NBA Finals under their belts, the Warriors will be professional and ready to play when it's time for tipoff in Salt Lake City, but now they've given the Jazz some extra motivation for the series.
Professional athletes love to defend their cities, and the Warriors have taken a few pretty obvious shots at Salt Lake City. This series just got even more interesting.