OAKLAND -- The banged up Warriors host the Sacramento Kings on Friday, and it's still not known if they'll have power forward David Lee and center Andrew Bogut back.

Lee spoke with 95.7 The Game on Thursday, and his comments seemed to indicate that he will miss his fifth straight contest with a right hamstring strain.

"I'm to that point where it's just that last little hump I've got to get over," Lee said. "I'm able to jump, I'm able to slide or do things like that, it's just when I go to sprint or explode and go 100 percent, it still is really tight on me and it's catching."

Lee told 95.7 that he had an MRI exam Thursday to take another look at the hamstring. He also said it's not an injury he can try to play through until it's fully healed.

"Hamstrings aren't one of those things like a bone bruise where you can just play through it," Lee said. "It's very, very easy if you try to do that to tear the hamstring or mess something else up around it, and next thing you know I'm in a position like last year and I'm out of the playoffs.

"Being a little bit cautious but at the same time, it's not even up to me right now. It's not to the point where it can be played on. It's still a day-to-day thing. I expect every morning to wake up and have it feel perfect, and it's just not quite there, but it's close."

Warriors coach Mark Jackson, speaking on his weekly radio show on KNBR, wasn't asked directly about Lee's and Bogut's status but indicated he wouldn't play them if they aren't ready. Bogut has missed the past three games with a pelvic injury.


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"The guys that need rest and need to recover, those guys, that's a no-brainer, that's what they're going to do," Jackson said. "But to me, we've got to finish this thing out the right way.

"We've got to get in and get to the best possible position," he added. "We want to play our best basketball, and the schedule looks to be pleasing to the eye. To close out the season, it's going to be important to take care of business."

The Warriors have three straight at home, starting Friday against the Kings. They also host the Utah Jazz on Sunday and then have three days off before hosting the Denver Nuggets on April 10.

If Bogut and Lee are both out again Friday, Golden State could have quite a challenge trying to stop Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins. The 6-foot-11, 270-pound center is enjoying a career year, averaging 22.2 points and 11.6 rebounds.

It could mean more extended minutes for backup centers Jermaine O'Neal and Marreese Speights and forward Draymond Green.

"Thank God for a guy like Jermaine O'Neal and Draymond Green and Mo Speights, the way they've been holding down the fort and doing a great job," Lee said. "I think this is only going to help us when we get everyone back, having that depth for the playoffs and having those guys used to playing big time minutes, which we're going to need them to do in the playoffs."

Warriors swingman Andre Iguodala missed Wednesday's game in San Antonio with right knee tendinitis after playing 41 minutes the night before in an overtime win in Dallas. Jackson said on KNBR that Iguodala could've played Wednesday "if it was a do-or-die game."

The Kings could be without point guard Isaiah Thomas, who has missed the past five games with a right quadriceps strain. He is averaging a career-high 20.7 points per game, second on the team to Cousins.

FRIDAY'S GAME
Sacramento (27-48)
at Warriors (46-29),
7:30 p.m. CSNBA