• The Warriors lost sixth-man Brandon Rush to a season-ending left knee injury Friday night during a loss to the visiting Grizzlies. Rush was injured with 4:09 remaining in the first quarter while attempting a slam dunk in transition. The fifth-year shooting guard averaged a career-high 9.8 points last season after spending his first three years in Indiana. Rush’s minutes against the Clippers will likely be filled by Richard Jefferson and Draymond Green.
  • Golden State starting center Andrew Bogut will also sit out tonight’s game. Bogut underwent ankle surgery in January and the team’s medical staff has placed a 20-minute maximum on his playing time and will not allow him to play in the second of back-to-back games during the early part of the season. Festus Ezeli, a rookie from Vanderbilt, is expected to start in Bogut’s place, with Andris Biedrins coming off the bench.
  • A good sign for the Warriors coming out of the Memphis game was the 43 minutes logged by Stephen Curry. The fourth-year shooting guard missed 40 games last season with a recurring ankle injury, underwent surgery in April and then re-injured the joint during the preseason. Curry had team highs of 26 points and seven assists against the Grizzlies. He hadn’t played 43 minutes or more since last February.
  • Clippers back-up guard Jamal Crawford has led the team in scoring in each of its first two games, scoring 29 in a season-opening victory Wednesday against the Grizzlies and 21 on Friday night in a win against the Lakers. Crawford is the first reserve since 1999 to combine for at least 50 points in the first two games of the season. The loss of Rush will make it even more difficult for the Warriors to guard Crawford.
Dan Arritt

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