WARRIORS AT THUNDER, 8 P.M. ET

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  • Golden State will be without center Andrew Bogut tonight. Head coach Mark Jackson wants to work his big man back slowly and Bogut played last night in Houston. He’s not expected to play in back-to-backs until sometime after the All-Star Break. Jackson told reporters in the back hallway that Andris Biedrins would start in place of Bogut.
  • The Warriors had a much longer than expected trip to Oklahoma City from Houston last night. Because of dense fog in Oklahoma City their team charter was diverted to Tulsa. The Warriors then had to call in busses to drive them the 90 miles to OKC. Players finally got to their hotel around 5 o’clock this morning. “We’re a no excuse basketball team,” Jackson said of the ordeal, “yeah it was a long night but I trust my team and we’re gonna get after it tonight.”
  • Thunder forward Kevin Durant watched the Warriors-Rockets game and was fascinated by what transpired and wary of what could happen tonight. “I like offense so it was a fun game to watch with how fast it was and how well guys were playing hopefully Golden State don’t come out and do that to us, hit all those threes.” Durant had the first triple-double of his career when the Thunder beat Golden State in OKC back in November he told reporters it’s his failings in the loss to the Warriors a couple of weeks ago he remembers most, “that was such a tough loss and it was on me, you know, turning the ball over at the end and missing shots, missing free throws, that’s the one I’m thinking about.”
  • With the Warriors having given up 23 threes last night in Houston they will face a Thunder squad tonight that leads the NBA in 3-point percentage at home (43.6 percent) and Thunder sharp-shooter Kevin Martin is 7-for-10 (70 percent) on long balls in two games against the Warriors this season.
  • Golden State forward David Lee is the only player in the NBA who’s averaging at least 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. He also leads the NBA in double-doubles (31) and in games with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds (19).
  • OKC is 15-1 at home against Western Conference opponents and has won 14 straight, Golden State is 6-9 on the road against The West.

– Randy Renner

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