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  • Prior to tonight’s game, Memphis coach Lionel Hollins wanted to address the media regarding several reports both locally and nationally that he was against management for their recent trades that seen the team lose five players, including Rudy Gay, when the team had the fourth-best record in the Western Conference. Hollins said there is no rift between he and management. “I’ve been in the NBA for 30-some years, both as a player and a coach,” Hollins said. “I’ve worked for a number of organizations, as a player five, and as a coach three, and different regimes. I’ve always been a team player. I’ve always come out and tried  to do the best job that I can do. I don’t always agree with every decision that every owner or every general manager has made, but the one thing that I’ve always prided myself on is going out and doing the best job that I could possibly do with what I had in front of me. … It seems that a lot of my comments have been taken in a context that I’m trying to be against management. I’m not against our management or the ownership that we have. In the trade process, both trades that were made I was in communication. They kept me abreast of what was going on. I had my opinion and my suggestion and they went the way that they went.”
  • Golden State will be without guard Jarrett Jack.  Jack, who has a right shoulder contusion, will be available, but it is highly unlikely that he plays, coach Mark Jackson said.
  • After losing the first two games of their four-game road trip, Golden State hopes to get back to playing solid defense and rebounding, two key components that had seen the Warriors win seven of their previous nine games. “I’d like to see us get back to defending the way we’re capable of defending. I’d like to see us get back to rebounding the way we’re capable of rebounding and playing at our pace and getting our confidence back and playing Warriors basketball back. We’ve gotten away from that. To our opposition’s credit, they’ve out-played us. It’s important for us to stop the bleeding.
  • Tonight’s game will be the first time the Warriors will have center Andrew Bogut to go against Memphis center Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies won the first two meetings this season, both at Golden State. “I expect a big impact,” Jackson said. “He’s a paint protector. He’s a guy that they’re going to have to deal with on the block. He’s very smart. It gives us another body where we have a legitimate chance to defend Gasol and (Zach) Randolph. It should be a very entertaining game.”

Marlon W. Morgan

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