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- Expect both teams to go small early and often, with the Warriors’ Andris Biedrins (strained right groin) and the Nets’ Brook Lopez (broken right foot) and Shelden Williams (right eye) all out of action.
- Golden State coach Mark Jackson has been utilizing David Lee as an undersized center for the majority of games since Ekpe Udoh was included in the package of players shipped to Milwaukee for Andrew Bogut on March 13, and don’t expect that to change the rest of the way: “There’s no price to pay, with all due respect, today if you go small against Jeremy Tyler (the rookie who’s currently starting for Golden State) at the 5,” Jackson said. “He’s going to be a heck of a player, but we’re not going to force-feed him.”
- The Nets could give time to 6-9 rookie Dennis Horner, signed today from New Jersey’s D-League affiliate, the Springfield (Mass.) Armor. “He’s been a pro, and he’s played well with our D-League team,” New Jersey coach Avery Johnson said of Horner, who made the Nets coming out of training camp before getting waved on Jan. 18. “He knows our offense, he knows our defense. We told him, ‘Stay ready.’ We just didn’t know it was going to take this long.”
- One wrinkle to watch is whether Golden State deploys Dominic McGuire, their best individual defender but a forward by trade and size, on New Jersey point guard Deron Williams. Jackson joked that rookie shooting guard Klay Thompson wanted first crack at the three-time All-Star. “I can hear Klay right now, saying, ‘Don’t do that,’” Jackson said. “It really doesn’t matter who’s on (Williams), but Dominic McGuire gives us the best chance to contain somebody.”
– Geoff Lepper