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- Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (right ankle sprain), small forward Harrison Barnes (left knee soreness), and center Andrew Bogut (left ankle soreness) — all starters – will not play. Curry and Barnes were injured Monday during Golden State’s 114-102 victory in Toronto, while Bogut returned to action against the Raptors after missing 38 games. Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Bogut will not play on back-to-back nights until mid-February, but did not offer a timetable on his other ailing players.
- Golden State’s starters are center Andris Biedrins, power forward David Lee, small forward Richard Jefferson, shooting guard Klay Thompson, and point guard Jarrett Jack. This is Jefferson’s first start of the season, Biedrins’ second, and Jack’s third. “I’ve got a bunch of guys that I believe in, so this is a great opportunity for them to go out and make statements tonight,” Jackson said. Warriors power forward Carl Landry (left shoulder bruise) is a game-time decision.
- Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (flu) will play, while power forward Luke Walton (left foot, left ankle soreness) and shooting guard Daniel “Boobie” Gibson (right big toe sprain) are both out. Walton warmed up with the team, but was a last-minute scratch. Irving — a first-time NBA All-Star and current Eastern Conference Player of the Week — averaged 35.7 points over the last three games, all of which were victories.
- Cleveland’s lineup consists of Irving, shooting guard Dion Waiters, small forward Alonzo Gee, power forward Tristan Thompson, and center Tyler Zeller. The Cavaliers are seeking their first four-game winning streak since posting eight straight victories from March 8-March 24, 2010, which was LeBron James’ final season with the franchise.
- The Cavaliers are also riding their first three-game home winning streak since Nov. 16-27, 2010. They haven’t won four in a row at Quicken Loans Arena since March 28-April 6, 2010. “They’re going to be a tough task for us tonight,” Jackson said. “You can make the case that Kyrie Irving is the best point guard in basketball right now.”
- Inactive for Cleveland are center Anderson Varejao (blood clots in lungs, season-ending right knee surgery) and point guard Josh Selby (NBA D-League assignment with Canton Charge). Golden State’s inactives are shooting guard Brandon Rush (season-ending reconstructive left knee surgery) and Bogut.
– Brian Dulik