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- The Warriors will get one of their big men back, even as another one potentially goes out. Power forward David Lee, who has missed three of Golden State’s last four games with a left shoulder sprain and left hip strain, told reporters in the Warriors locker room that he will be suited up.
- Meanwhile, Golden State center Andrew Bogut will miss his third straight game with left shoulder inflammation and head coach Mark Jackson said that Jermaine O’Neal, who has started the last two contests in Bogut’s place, may have to be held back due to pain in his right wrist. O’Neal missed almost two months after undergoing arthroscopic surgery to repair ligament damage in the wrist and just returned this month.
- Philadelphia will also be missing some players, albeit off the bench. Reserve swingman Hollis Thompson is out after rolling his ankle last night in the 76ers’ 123-78 loss at the Clippers, and guard Elliot Williams is also fighting an ankle injury, coach Brett Brown said.
- Brown was happy to get back on the court, rather than spending a day to marinate in the miserable loss at Staples Center, where the Clippers led by as many as 56 points in Chris Paul‘s return from injury. “I’d rather get going,” Brown said. “I’m thrilled that we get to play tonight. . . . The thing I most tell them is, ‘You keep your head up. We don’t want anybody feeling sorry for us.’ We put in a lot of work, be proud of that, and we move 0n.”
– Geoff Lepper