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Warriors show how bleak life can be without a team of All Stars

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Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee (1) lays the ball up against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Dec. 27. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Stephen Curry will be re-evaluated in three weeks. Draymond Green and Kevin Durant are reportedly expected to be back shortly. Klay Thompson projects to be back in action shortly thereafter. But on Sunday, the Golden State Warriors didn’t have any of those All Stars available to play.

They lost to the Utah Jazz, 110-91.

If you prefer to look on the positive side of things, Andre Iguodala appears to have found his shooting stroke. He went 4-for-5 from beyond the 3-point line to finish with 12 points.

“Andre looks great. The last month his body, his athleticism, his bounce – it’s all coming together. I think that’s a great sign for us. You always know you can count on him to know what is happening on the floor and make the right plays, but when he’s looking this spry and athletic, that’s when we are really tough to beat.”

The good news ends there. The rest of the Warriors combined to shoot 34-for-84 (40.5 percent) and the Jazz had few problems slashing the defense. 

But there isn’t much to deduce from a game like this because these aren’t the same Warriors that will be expected to perform when the playoffs start in the middle of April.

The starting lineup: Quinn Cook, Nick Young, Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney and JaVale McGee.

“It’s hard to talk about it, honestly, since it’s hard to judge,” Zaza Pachulia said. “It’s the first time I’m seeing these kind of lineups, with these guys getting this many minutes. I don’t think it’s fair to talk about it.”

Kerr said after the game that the goal of the game was to get the older players into rhythm while letting the coaching staff evaluate the younger guys.

Damian Jones played 12 minutes and had some moments when he was able to display his athleticism.

Cook again embraced his role as a late-season shooter. He finished with a team-high 17 points.

“Every game I get more comfortable,” Cook said. “Obviously, playing now and getting more comfortable every possession. I think that the guys around me help me to get comfortable every day.”

Cook’s backcourt mate, Young, has struggled to find that comfort zone all season. Monday was no different as he misfired on 11 shots.

The Warriors (54-19) return to action on Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers for the third of a four-game homestand.

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