Bogut to rest on second of back-to-back games

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Bogut to rest on second of back-to-back games

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Mark Jacksonsaid on Thursday that center Andrew Bogut will likely sit out the second gameof back-to-backs -- at least early in the season.Bogut, who fractured his left anklewhile playing for the Milwaukee Bucks in January, returned to action on thecourt for the first time since then on Wednesday night against the Suns inPhoenix.RECAP: Warriors edge Suns in opener
Jackson said the plan this weekend isfor Bogut to play on Friday night in the Warriors home opener against theMemphis Grizzlies and then to sit out Saturdays game against the Clippers inLos Angeles.Right now thats the thinking,Jackson said after Thursdays practice. Thats the way were going to go rightnow until something else happens. But were looking forward to him playing (vs.Memphis).Jackson said the process is fluid andcould change depending on how Boguts ankle feels on any given day.Just look at the schedule, was howJackson responded, when asked how those decisions are made. Thats basicallyit. You look at this one. After a break (Thursday), we play tomorrow. So itmakes sense. But well also see how he feels the day of the game. If he comesin (Friday) and doesnt feel right, then he wont play. So, well play it byear and once again be true to the process.Jackson said the plan is to play Bogutabout 20 to 25 minutes in games at this point. Bogut played 18 minutes in theseason-opener against the Suns, and he wanted to play more in the second half.But Jackson said no.Well listen to his body, listen to thedoctors, Jackson said. And Ill also look at what the game is telling me asfar as how hes looking and how he feels. We just want to be smart.

NBA Gameday: Barnes, Warriors welcome Kings to Oracle

NBA Gameday: Barnes, Warriors welcome Kings to Oracle

OAKLAND -- Seeking their sixth consecutive win, the Warriors will get their first look at the dramatically revamped Sacramento Kings when the teams meet Friday night at Oracle Arena.

A win by the Warriors, combined with a Cleveland Cavaliers loss, would give the Warriors homecourt advantage in any NBA Finals scenario.

But the Warriors (57-14) may have to squint to recognize these Kings, who last month traded star big man DeMarcus Cousins -- the team’s mainstay for seven years -- to the Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and other considerations.

The Kings (27-44) have lost 11 of 14 games since the deal and are slowly sinking out of the Western Conference playoff race.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 17.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Klay Thompson vs. Buddy Hield: It’s a battle between the Bahamians, or as Thompson has said of Hield, “My Bahamian brother.” Thompson has been cooking, shooting 53.2 percent (25-of-47) beyond the arc and 55.3 (52-of-94) percent overall over the last five games. Hield, a rookie from Oklahoma, has adapted well to Sacramento, scoring in double digits in 10 of 11 games while shooting 48.2 percent (27-of-56) from deep and 50.0 percent (60-of-120) overall this month.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, tibial bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Kings: F Rudy Gay (L Achilles tear) and G Malachi Richardson (R hamstring partial tear) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 7-3. Kings: 2-8.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won two of three meetings this season and 15 of the last 17 overall, including the last seven games in Oakland.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE TRANSITION GAME: Though the Kings are playing faster in the post-Cousins era, they still have little chance of matching the pace at which the Warriors prefer to play. Expect the Warriors to push at every opportunity, even if it means committing a few turnovers, in order to coax Sacramento out of rhythm. The Kings rank 26th in fast-break points and actually had a game in which they scored 0 fast-break points.

BOMBS AWAY: The Warriors rank third in 3-point shooting percentage (38.3), while the Kings rank 26th in 3-point percentage defense (37.2). There will opportunities galore for Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala, Ian Clark and Thompson -- who two years ago torched the Kings with an NBA-record 37 points in a quarter.

THIS “SKAL” GUY: Rookie forward Skal Labissiere, a 6-foot-11 package of raw talent, has been something of a revelation for the Kings. Emerging from the shadows in the wake of the Cousins deal, he has reminded observers why he was such a heralded prep recruit from the Memphis area. This sounds like a job for Draymond Green.

QUOTABLE

“Try to kill ‘em, plain and simple. Things didn’t go well there. They’re the enemy now. So we’re trying to kill ‘em. Beat ‘em by 50.” -- Warriors forward Matt Barnes on facing the Kings, who released him last month.

Warriors recall Kevon Looney from D-League ahead of Kings game

Warriors recall Kevon Looney from D-League ahead of Kings game

The Golden State Warriors have recalled forward Kevon Looney from the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA Development League, the team announced today. Looney will be available for tonight’s Golden State game against the Sacramento Kings, which tips off at 7:30 p.m. (PDT) at Oracle Arena. 

Looney tallied 10 points, eight rebounds and one block in 13 minutes off the bench for Santa Cruz in Thursday's 106-103 road victory against the Austin Spurs. The 6’9”, 220-pound forward has appeared in four games (one start) with Santa Cruz this season, holding averages of 12.8 points and 11.3 rebounds while shooting 56.1 percent from the field in 19.8 minutes.  

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