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How the Warriors coped with heartbreak while returning to Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY — The Warriors knew they would have to deal with some pain.

Emotions ran high when the team returned to Utah to play the Jazz on Monday for the first time since assistant coach Dejan Milojevic’s fatal heart attack at a team dinner in Salt Lake City on last month.

They came without a handful of their own – coach Steve Kerr, assistant coaches Chris DeMarco and Ron Adams as well as general manager Mike Dunleavy, Zaza Pachulia and vice president of player health and performance Rick Celebrini. traveled to Serbia, Milojevic’s native country, on Sunday morning for his memorial. .

Assistant coach Kenny Atkinson replaced Kerr, leading the Warriors to a comfortable 129-107 victory, the team’s fifth straight victory amid a sharp turnaround this season. According to the team, winning helped them cope with the burden of grief.

“Winning helps,” Atkinson said before the game. “When you start to have a little winning streak, you want more. So there is this enthusiasm. We also know that we are behind (in the standings). So there is a little advantage for us. A positive advantage.

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