NBA playoffs 2017: Warriors wanted Clippers to beat Jazz for one specific reason

It had nothing to do with basketball.

The Warriors were really hoping their next series in the NBA playoffs would be against the Clippers, for one very specific reason.

Instead, they will be taking on the Jazz in Round 2, and they are not happy they will have to spend their nights out in Salt Lake City, rather than Los Angeles.

"No comparison. There's no such thing, man," Warriors forward Matt Barnes told ESPN. "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."

The Jazz-Clippers came went seven games, and Utah was able to pull out a 104-91 victory on Sunday. One might think the Warriors' players should be focusing on the game and not partying it up, but apparently it was a consensus that Los Angeles would be the better place to be.

"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.'"

Iguodala did concede that L.A. did have a downside, since players could be out late in the morning and "that could lead to trouble."

Leave it to Draymond Green, though, to keep things in perspective.

"It's the playoff," Green told ESPN. "Nobody worried about nightlife during the playoffs."

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