After Thursday night's Game 2 between the Golden State Warriors and the Utah Jazz, the Western Conference semifinal series will shift to Salt Lake City for two games.
There, many project that the Warriors could be finishing off a sweep of the fifth-seeded Jazz, which could be cause for a party.
According to one Golden State veteran though, Utah is hardly the right venue for that type of celebration.
As the first round series between the Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers was wrapping up, Warriors veteran Matt Barnes was asked about which city he'd prefer to play the second round matchup in.
Barnes, a former Lakers and Clippers player in Los Angeles who has kids in the area, was quick with an answer.
“No comparison. There’s no such thing, man,” Warriors’ forward Matt Barnes told Chris Haynes of ESPN.com. “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.”
Andre Iguodala also weighed in on the (lack of) nightlife offered by Salt Lake City.
"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," Andre 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 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.'"
The Jazz faithful are not taking the slights laying down.
Ready to seize on a marketing opportunity, the official Utah Jazz Twitter account released details on how to order the new shirts, which evolve from those comments.
It's not entirely clear what the T-shirts are going for here. Are they admitting that SLC doesn't have nightlife and are playing up on it? It's most likely just a rallying cry for fans to get behind and come together for the uphill battle against Golden State.
Utah has always been known as a tough place to play, but certainly not because the late nights from the bar scene, like Miami or New York.
But the fans are a proud bunch, and they'll be ready for the league's best team.News Now - Sport News