'It's always a little rust with the layoff we had," said Interim Warriors head coach Luke Walton after his teams 103-85 victory over the Utah Jazz.
Wednesday night's energy was thick at Oracle in preparation for Friday's much anticipated Christmas game against the Cavaliers who the Warriors haven't seen since winning the NBA Championship this past June.
In their only regular Bay Area visit, the Cavs will be returning with a healthy Kyrie Irving. The Warriors are hoping to have Harrison Barnes back who's been out for the past month with a sprained ankle. So there will be no excuses for either team in the big Christmas Day match-up.
Walton knows the blessings and the curse that come with playing at home - players often have huge ticket requests to fill in addition to other distractions. However, Walton said he won't do anything differently in preparation for the game.
'It's one of the big days for NBA basketball,' said Walton who said former Lakers head coach Phil Jackson, who Walton played for would say - ' Go make our mothers proud on Christmas.'
Tip-off is 2:00 pm on ABC.
IN OTHER NEWS:
*It was Shaun Livington Bobbleheaed Night at Oracle. Livingston finished with 9 points.
*Golden State is now 13-0 at hom to start the season, setting a record for the franchise's best ever home start.
*It was their 147th straight sellout to a crowd of 15,596.
*Klay Thompsons 20-point game high was his 11th 20-point game of the season.