SALT LAKE CITY -- Mo Williams and Al Jefferson sat out Saturday's Jazz scrimmage, but they insist they'll be ready for tonight's preseason opener at Golden State.
"I'm still young but I've got some miles on me," said Jefferson, 28, an eight-year pro who came to the NBA out of high school.
Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said he kept Jefferson and Williams out of Saturday's scrimmage because they were a little "banged up" after a morning practice session.
Jefferson said Sunday he had a sore groin.
"I wanted to play but coach told me to take it easy," he said. "I hurt my groin a little bit in practice but it's fine."
He said he will "most definitely" go tonight when the Jazz visit the Warriors to open their 2012 preseason campaign.
Williams, 29, didn't disagree with Jefferson's comments about having some miles on the odometer.
"We can say that," he said, chuckling. "It's going to be a long season. We're going to log a lot of minutes."
While Jefferson was dealing with a sore groin, Williams suggested Corbin kept him out for his own good.
"Coach knows how I am, I only go one speed," he said. "I can't go out there and let up. He told me to just settle down a little bit."
Like Jefferson, Williams said he'll be ready for tonight's game.
"Absolutely," he said. "That was the whole purpose (of resting on Saturday). I don't want to miss any games. That's my goal."
Williams is starting his 10th season.
The Jazz wrapped up their weeklong training camp on Saturday, putting on a open scrimmage in front of about 6,000 fans at EnergySolutions Arena. Now they'll prepare an the eight-game exhibition schedule which includes an Oct. 25 home game against the Portland Trail Blazers and former Weber State star Damian Lillard.
After tonight's game, the Jazz will play host to Oklahoma City on Friday.