OAKLAND -- With injuries and uneven performances adding up to a 4-7 record in the Warriors' past 11 games, coach Mark Jackson did his best to put a positive spin on things after practice Tuesday.
"We're going to be fine," Jackson said. "We're not jumping off a cliff."
After a tough-to-swallow 115-111 loss to the Charlotte Bobcats, the Warriors added two important names to the injury report before Wednesday's game against the Dallas Mavericks at Oracle Arena.
Forward Draymond Green, who suffered a sprained ankle against the Bobcats, and center Jermaine O'Neal (sprained right wrist) did not practice and might be game-day decisions. Guard Andre Iguodala (strained left hamstring) also missed practice after traveling with the team.
It all leaves the team reed-thin during a demanding, but brief, homestand that ends Friday against the Houston Rockets.
But Warriors players aren't going for built-in excuses. Their defense was porous in Charlotte, and their bench was outscored 32-10.
"Regardless if guys are hurt, we still have to do our job defensively," forward Harrison Barnes said. "Defensive breakdowns, the ones that we had were just unacceptable. Guys getting back-doors, just lack-of-effort plays. That's just the type of stuff that, if you're healthy or hurt, it's just not acceptable."
It will be a blow if Green can't play. The bench can ill-afford another missing piece. Jackson said Green will continue to get treatment, and "we'll see how he is tomorrow."
"I don't think we're going to lose him for the long haul," Jackson said. "I think he's fine. You look at (Monday) night, and he's playing well. He gives us great minutes. He gives us a burst of energy, defending multiple positions. Take him out of the game, and all of a sudden they make a couple of shots and it's a different ballgame."
Green's teammates appreciate his versatility and authoritative voice. He has appeared in all 22 games this season.
"Draymond's huge for us," Barnes said. "He can go out and guard one through four, and not only does he help us defensively but he's a voice in the locker room as well."
Stephen Curry describes Green as a "huge X factor."
"Plays defense, hits big shots for us. Hopefully he's not out too long," Curry said. "I know how those ankles are, so we want to be patient to make sure he's healthy, because we need him at 100 percent, big picture. It's just tough."
Curry, who had a season-high 43 points in Charlotte, his home turf, said the team needs to improve its consistency and "hammer out the details on how we can start out games better, because that's what's been putting us behind the eight-ball."
With seven of their next nine games at home, the Warriors could use a surge, even with the aches.
"We're all right right now," Curry said. "We feel like we let a couple games go, but to be 12-10 and have a favorable schedule with home games coming up, we can't just let that work for us. We have to turn the tide in how we've been playing. We'd like to do that at home instead of the road."
Curry agreed that the Warriors' sloppy 103-99 loss to the Mavericks on Nov. 27 in Dallas epitomizes the team's season. The same theme applied in the Toronto game on Dec. 3, but the Warriors rallied from 27 down to prevail in epic fashion.
"They had a double-digit lead in the first quarter," Curry said of the Raptors. "Allowing teams to score pretty easily in the first quarter and getting their confidence going, it's tough to shut that down against the talented players in the NBA."
O'Neal, who provides emotional leadership, has been soldiering on with the nagging wrist injury. But this was the first time he missed practice because of it.
"He's a tough guy that's obviously been fighting it," Jackson said. "He's helped us in spots, but it's been tough for him. We'll see how he feels (Wednesday)."
Jackson said Iguodala is moving much better and getting his shots up, even running a little.
"Hopefully sooner than later, but we're not really sure when," Jackson said of Iguodala's status.
How do the Warriors get a decent practice in with so many guys out?
"We still get our work in," Jackson said. "But you have to be mindful that you've got two games coming up against two good teams. We want to be healthy and whole, so you figure it out."
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Dallas (13-9) at Warriors (12-10), 7:30 p.m. CSNBA, ESPN