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Warriors 114, Thunder 109: Draymond Green plays big as ESPN’s Avery Johnson, Jalen Rose add ‘fuel to the fire’

OAKLAND – There’s little that Draymond Green doesn’t do.

In the Warriors’ 114-109 win against Oklahoma City, he had 16 points, nine rebounds and a career-high nine assists as he was in triple-double territory.

With Andrew Bogut out indefinitely, there will be times Green will be asked to guard taller and bulkier offensive players.

And then there is Green’s ears perking up when something is said about him that he doesn’t particularly like. For instance, Avery Johnson on SportsCenter after the Warriors lost at Memphis had words that Green remembers.

“Funny guy,” Green said of Johnson. “Funny guy. Jalen Rose is a funny guy, too.

“It’s funny to me. They just keep lighting that fuel and adding more fuel to the fire.”

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Andrew Bogut’s agent addresses knee injury situation

OAKLAND — Warriors center Andrew Bogut underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy on his injured right knee Wednesday and is expected to miss an indefinite number of weeks, according to his agent.

Agent David Bauman expressed relief Thursday that the bone stress issue resulting in the inflammation in Bogut’s knee is treatable while also wondering if the 7-footer might have returned earlier had the team not initially diagnosed the condition as tendinitis.

The Warriors set no timetable for Bogut’s return. Bauman compared the Bogut situation to Houston’s Dwight Howard, who missed a little more than three weeks after receiving platelet-rich plasma therapy on his strained right knee.

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Warriors’ Andrew Bogut undergoes platelet-rich plasma therapy as team offers no timetable for return

OAKLAND — Warriors center Andrew Bogut underwent platelet-rich plasma therapy on his ailing right knee, and according to the team Thursday, there is no timetable set for his return..

The decision was made after Bogut consulted Wednesday with the Warriors’ medical staff and his personal physician from Australia, according to the team.

“We fully support Andrew in his decision to undergo the PRP treatment,” Warriors general manager Bob Myers said in a statement. “Our number one concern is that Andrew is 100 percent healthy and we will continue to support him in any way to make that happen.

Bogut has missed four games due to the knee and is out for Thursday’s game against Oklahoma City.

The 7-foot Bogut averaged 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2.2 blocks, playing a key role in the Warriors’ 21-3 start record that is the best in the NBA.

Bogut, who turned 30 three weeks ago, missed the playoffs along with 14 regular season games last season due to rib, pelvis/groin, ankle and shoulder injuries.

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Grizzlies 105, Warriors 98: Steve Kerr sets bar higher after 16-game winning streak snapped

MEMPHIS – This was not a championship-caliber performance for the Warriors. Yet there were signs in the rubble of a mistake-filled game that they certainly can get there.

Without Andrew Bogut and David Lee and playing in front of a hostile crowd fired up for the No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup, it was as if the Grizzlies pulled off the upset.

The Warriors rather than go away and accept their fate of having a 16-game winning streak halted kept rallying and rallying until time ran out.

Afterward, Kerr continued to set the standards higher for the Warriors.

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Warriors’ Harrison Barnes to start at Memphis, New Orleans’ Dante Cunningham explains elbow to Barnes’ face

MEMPHIS – Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will start in Tuesday’s game at Memphis with a broken nose as his team looks to extend its 16-game winning streak.

Barnes is expected to wear a mask after suffering a nasal fracture, mouth laceration and chipped teeth after taking an elbow from New Orleans’ Dante Cunningham in Sunday’s overtime win.

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Warriors’ Andrew Bogut concerned about knee injury

MEMPHIS — Warriors center Andrew Bogut smiled last week after leaving a game due to what the team reported to be right knee tendinitis, saying at the time that it wasn’t serious.

Now, Bogut isn’t so sure as he is scheduled to be reevaluated Wednesday after the team returns home from a three-game road trip in which he was unable to play.

Bogut, who will miss a fourth straight game Tuesday after having his knee drained, is now listed as having knee chondromalacia/bone edema and says it remains sore.

Asked if it was an overuse injury, Bogut said, “I’m not sure right now. I’ve been told a couple of different things, and I’m trying to narrow it down to exactly what it is. I don’t think it was possibly what I thought it was early on.

“From what I was told, it wasn’t something I should be worried about, but evidently, it probably is.”

Bogut said whatever the injury is, he would not need surgery and declined further comment pending the reevaluation.

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Warriors’ Marreese Speights motivated to play against Memphis as doubts persist about hot start

MEMPHIS –The Warriors’ Marreese Speights has a question for those who think his play might regress to the mean.

Thus far, Speights has shown no signs of coming back down to Earth while ranking 10th in the NBA in player efficiency rating.  He averages 12 points, 5.2 rebounds, and keeps helping the Warriors win games.

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