Before he left to attend his grandmother's funeral, Jazz center Al Jefferson had a message for his teammates.

Big Al's advice prior to his expected two-game absence Saturday night and Sunday: "I just told them to take care of business and do what they have to do to win."

Jefferson flew to Mississippi after Thursday's overtime win over Minnesota to attend his grandmother's funeral Friday morning. The starting center will remain with his family over the weekend and is expected to miss Saturday night's game against Golden State and Sunday's contest in Los Angeles against the Lakers.

The Jazz will also be without backup point guard Earl Watson for at least Saturday night's game. He is in L.A. to receive laser therapy on his sprained left ankle and will meet up with the team Sunday.

"We've got to make sure we come out and be aggressive," Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin said. "We have a few guys out of our lineup because of different issues, but we can't afford to take anybody for granted."