Trans. Apr 18 3:45 ET (Apr 18 3:45 ET ) There's an All-Star point guard on each side, they're both young and athletic, and each franchise is trying to distance itself from an inglorious past that cast them as afterthoughts for most of their years in the NBA. They've tangled while splitting their four games this season, most famously on Christmas, when Blake Griffin was elbowed by Warriors forward Draymond Green. In March, Griffin and Warriors backup center Jermaine O'Neal squabbled in a Clippers victory and it carried over after the game. ''I don't know if there's a lingering issue or not.'' With both teams having been down so long and now competing for a title, Clippers forward Matt Barnes said there's going to be ''some hostility and animosity and hatred.'' ''It'll be an entertaining series just because how the regular season went,'' Warriors star Stephen Curry said.
Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson says O'Neal will start in place of injured center Andrew Bogut for Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
The Scoop:Jackson said Friday that he wants O'Neal to start because it's easier for the 35-year-old veteran to stay loose. He also says O'Neal provides a similar skill set to Bogut, who is out indefinitely with a fractured right rib. O'Neal averaged 7.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 44 games this season, his 18th in the NBA. He sat out 25 games following surgery on his right wrist in December and also missed time with injuries to his right foot, groin and both knees.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson says Jermaine O'Neal will start in place of injured center Andrew Bogut for Game 1 of their opening-round playoff series at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.
David Lee, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Jermaine O'Neal and Draymond Green all got a rest on Wednesday, but all should be ready to go for the playoffs.
The Scoop:Lee is the most banged up of this bunch with a sore hamstring, while Andrew Bogut isn't likely to play in the postseason with a fractured rib. Expect everyone but Bogut to be ready to face the Clippers in Round 1.
The Scoop:Both players are likely going to see a ton of minutes next to David Lee, but Jackson just needs to figure out how he's going to get production out of his second unit. Green has really picked up his skills on offense, so he might be better suited off the bench and turn in a higher usage rate there.