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- Golden State All-Star forward David Lee said he’ll miss the game after suffering a bruised right knee last night in a knee-on-knee collision with Houston’s Thomas Robinson. Lee hopes to be back Monday to face the Knicks, his former team, but wanted the two days’ worth of rest to try to avoid having the injury linger and being “50 percent the next eight games.” Carl Landry will get the start in Lee’s place.
- Milwaukee will also make do without its starting power forward; Ersan Ilyasova, who picked up a bone bruise in his left knee Wednesday against the Clippers, is out, according to coach Jim Boylan. Boylan will insert Mike Dunleavy into his lineup at small forward, sliding Luc Mbah a Moute to the 4. It will be Dunleavy’s first start of the season, after 52 appearances off the bench.
- This will be Warriors center Andrew Bogut‘s first game against the Bucks, who drafted him No. 1 overall in 2005 and made him a centerpiece until trading him to Golden State almost a year ago — March 13, 2012. The Warriors and Bucks have played twice since making the deal, but Bogut missed both games while rehabilitating from the fractured ankle that cut his 2012 season short. Bogut ranks third all-time in blocks for Milwaukee and fourth in rebounds.
- Bogut did not talk to the media pre-game, but Warriors coach Mark Jackson — who played for seven different NBA franchises — reminisced about facing former employers: “I wanted to cook ‘em. I gave all the right answers but my mentality was, I wanted to win, first and foremost, and I wanted to show them what they were missing.”
– Geoff Lepper