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- Golden State center Andrew Bogut will return after a four-game absence due to a contusion in the pelvic region. Power forward David Lee remains out with a strained right hamstring, and that diagnosis might change for the worse; Warriors coach Mark Jackson told reporters that an MRI exam administered on Thursday showed “nerve inflammation,” and there’s no guarantee the two-time All-Star will be back in time for the playoffs. “He’s frustrated right now, and rightfully so,” Jackson said. “We don’t know how long (he’ll be out), but he’s doing everything that he possibly can to get back on the floor for this basketball team. . . . It seemed like he’d be ready (by now), but he’s not.”
- Draymond Green will open at the 4 for Golden State, his fourth straight start. He’s averaging 9.0 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists in his last three games.
- Jackson held court for 15 minutes, which might a season high, as media members grilled him on the departure of assistant coach Darren Erman. Erman, previously Golden State’s No. 2 assistant, was abruptly fired Saturday for what the Warriors termed a “violation of company policy.” Erman’s departure follows the demotion last week of fellow assistant Brian Scalabrine to D-League work after a falling out with Jackson. “I hurt for Darren Erman not being here, and my guys hurt,” Jackson said. “But the mission remains the mission, and the assignment remains the assignment. In spite of all the talk, and all the chatter, we’re going to go out and handle our business. We’re not going to get caught up in that.”
- Utah coach Tyrone Corbin hinted at the possibility of lineup changes, although he wouldn’t reveal details. “We’re waiting to see who they start,” Corbin said. “We may tweak it a little bit. We’re not sure just yet.”
- The Jazz come in off a victory Friday against New Orleans, but had lost 16 of 18 before that. Corbin still believes his team has a reason to play. “A lot of guys say, ‘You’re not playing for anything,'” Corbin said. “I always think when you’re playing a game, you’re playing to get better. And we have to make sure we keep honing in on that message.”
– Geoff Lepper