- Warriors center Andrew Bogut will miss tonight’s contest — and who knows how many more — with back spasms, a team spokesman said. Bogut, who has played in only 12 of 54 games this season because of a surgically repaired left ankle, came down with the back problem yesterday and did not practice. He underwent an MRI scan today, the spokesman said, and will be out “indefinitely” until the results are known.
- “We’re just being smart with him,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said of Bogut, who earlier this week played both ends of a back-to-back for the first time this season. “We will not rush it. We’ll be patient. . . . For a guy that has not played in a long time — you are going to go through your body reacting to that.”
- Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, held out of last night’s win against the Clippers due to left knee soreness, will be back in the lineup tonight, according to coach Gregg Popovich. Gary Neal is back on the bench.
- Even with the Spurs playing last night in Los Angeles and eight games into their annual rodeo road trip, Popovich won’t hear any talk of his team being tired. Especially not after the starters got to rest for much of the second half in a 116-90 blowout of the Clippers. “Timmy [Duncan] played 16 minutes [Thursday], so I don’t consider it a back-to-back [situation],” Popovich said. “If we lose the game, it’s not because we’re tired, it’s because those guys ran us to death and shot the hell out of it and we didn’t guard them very well.”
- That outcome seems unlikely; in addition to San Antonio having won 16 of the last 17 overall, the Spurs are also riding a 16-game winning streak against the Warriors, a run that dates to Jan. 7, 2008.
– Geoff Lepper