Programming note: 76ers-Warriors coverage tips off Monday at 7 p.m. with Warriors Pregame Live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area (territorial restrictions apply)
Given their depleted state, the Warriors will embrace even the thinnest slice of good news they can get. On Monday night, it comes from the schedule.
They're at home and they get the reeling 76ers, coming off a historically awful 123-78 loss to the Clippers Sunday night in Los Angeles.
This is a winnable game even if center Andrew Bogut and power forward David Lee are not able to return to action. Lee participated in shootaround, while Bogut did not. The availability of both will be determined prior to the game.
Yet the Warriors (30-21) are in no position to dismiss any opponent, not when their season has been marred by spotty efforts against beatable teams and not when their record over the past month is 6-8.
The Sixers (15-37), however, have lost six in a row and are the worst outfit in the league. Falling to this bunch, at this time, would and should sound alarms throughout Warriors headquarters, the entire fan base and all around the league.
“We're not going to overlook them at all,” point guard Stephen Curry said after the Monday morning shootaround. “We understand that just because the Clippers did what they did doesn't mean we can just show up and do the same thing. We have to make it happen.
“You'll probably see a different Philly team than you did (Sunday) night, so we've got to be ready for it.”
Coach Mark Jackson's message to the team is simple: Go hard for two games, then find time to relax and recover over the All-Star break this weekend. After the Sixers visit on Monday, the defending champion Heat comes to Oracle on Wednesday night.
“We've got 96 minutes to leave it on the floor,” Curry said, “and then we can all hopefully kick our feet up for a whole week, rejuvenate and get ready for the final push. “
MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Stephen Curry vs. Michael Carter-Williams. Curry likely will start on MCW, whose four-inch height advantage could cause problems and force Jackson to turn to a longer defender such as Klay Thompson or Andre Iguodala. Regardless, MCW is the key to Philly having any chance to crank up any offense.
Lee/Green vs. Thaddeus Young. Young is a solid power forward who runs the floor well and can make an impact inside (especially if Bogut is out) or facing the basket. Green can make his energy but will have to shadow him, make him earn everything in the paint.
INJURY UPDATE: PF David Lee (shoulder sprain, hip strain) participated in shootaround and is questionable. C Andrew Bogut (shoulder inflammation) did not participate and is doubtful. C Festus Ezeli (right knee surgery) and G Nemanja Nedovic (strained left hamstring, right foot inflammation) are out indefinitely.
For the 76ers, F Brandon Davies (fractured right pinkie) and C Nerlens Noel (left knee surgery) are out.
LAST 10: Warriors 5-5, Sixers 1-9.
SERIES HISTORY: The Warriors won the first meeting this season, 110-90, on Nov. 4 in Philadelphia. The teams split two games last season, and the Warriors have lost seven of the last 11 meetings overall.