WARRIORS AT ROCKETS, 8 P.M. ET

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  • Warriors center Andris Biedrins will miss his second game in a row Thursday with a strained right groin. Coach Mark Jackson said rookie Jeremy Tyler will make his second career start in Biedrins’ absence, but Jackson also plans to lean heavily on smaller lineups in which David Lee plays center. “[Tyler] was very good [against New Orleans on Wednesday]. He did exactly what we needed him to do,” Jackson said. “He was a presence in the paint. He rebounded. He altered shots.”
  • Rookie Klay Thompson is flourishing as Golden State’s top perimeter option since Monta Ellis was traded to the Bucks and Stephen Curry went down with a right ankle sprain. Thompson, who scored a career-high 27 points in Wednesday’s victory in New Orleans, has averaged 20.0 points and 3.5 assists in the six games the Warriors (19-25) have played without Ellis. “He’s a starter in this league, and he’s on his way to being a very good player,” Jackson said. “As great a player as Monta is, it certainly softens the blow when you realize you have a young guy who can perform at a high level.  … He certainly is a guy who puts pressure on the defense because of his ability to shoot and score the basketball.”
  • With leading scorers Kyle Lowry (bacterial infection) and Kevin Martin (strained right shoulder) sidelined indefinitely, the Rockets (25-22) have received major contributions from Goran Dragic and Courtney Lee to maintain their eighth-place position in the Western Conference. Dragic has recorded three points-assists double-doubles in the last four games, while Lee has netted at least 21 points and four boards in three of his last five games.
  • Golden State signed free agent Mickell Gladness to a 10-day contract Thursday. The 6-foot-11 center, who appeared in eight games with the Heat earlier this season, is in uniform.

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