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- Golden State forward David Lee will miss his second consecutive game because of a stomach flu. Center Andrew Bogut, who has missed seven straight games with a left shoulder injury, went through shootaround and will start. Jermaine O’Neal will also start in place of Lee.
- Draymond Green, who starred at Michigan State, has not shot well in his second NBA season with the Warriors but is averaging 20.3 minutes because of his all-around contributions. “He came into this league ready to play because of his knowledge of the game, because of his work ethic, because of his competitive nature,” Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. “He was a steal for us.”
- The Warriors are opening a six-game road trip but have won 10 of their last 13 away games. “The thing that gives us confidence is we’re a defensive-minded team,” Jackson said. “We understand that we are more than capable of going on the road and winning ballgames. That’s the thing that remains constant about this team and we’re excited about this trip.”
- Detroit interim coach John Loyer said Jackson has changed Golden State’s identity. “They’re explosive offensively but the thing that really separates Golden State from the last few years is they really guard,” Jackson said. “They have size inside that can protect the rim and their perimeter guys, especially with the addition of (Andre) Iguodala now, can all keep you in front.”
- Pistons backup point guard Will Bynum is averaging 22 minutes, 11.5 points and 5.8 assists in the first six games with Loyer as head coach. “Will is pretty much the same guy every night,” Loyer said. “He brings tremendous energy, can score in the open floor and can run the pick and roll.”
– Dana Gauruder