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OAKLAND – The Warriors once again turn to Jermaine O'Neal and Draymond Green, as each will start Saturday night's game at Phoenix, Warriors coach Mark Jackson announced after the team's morning shootaround at US Airways Arena.
O'Neal will start at center in place of Andrew Bogut, and Green will replace David Lee at power forward. This is the second consecutive game that O'Neal and Green, normally reserves, have been forced into the starting lineup, as both started in Thursday's 102-87 win over Chicago.
Though Lee already was listed as being out on Saturday, Jackson on Friday said Bogut probably would not play. Both players made the trip to Phoenix, and Jackson decided on Saturday morning that Bogut also would sit.
Lee is suffering from a sprained left shoulder and strained right hip, while Bogut is experiencing inflammation in his left shoulder. Neither practiced on Friday.
O'Neal also was held out of practice Friday, mostly because the 35-year-old played 26 minutes in place of Bogut on Thursday, two days after returning to the lineup for the first time since undergoing wrist surgery in mid-December.
Bogut and Lee join Nemanja Nedovic on the sideline, as Nedovic has missed nearly a month with a left hamstring strain and now is suffering from inflammation in his right foot. He is not expected back until after the Feb. 14-16 All-Star break.