OAKLAND, Calif. -- Draymond Green's game-winning layup in Miami last season was clearly a memory-maker.
The Warriors rookie extended both arms into the air as he ran down the other end of the court. Stephen Curry jumped for joy. Golden State had stolen one from the defending NBA champion Heat.
"I hadn't won a championship since high school, but that was the closest thing I've been to it," Warriors forward Harrison Barnes said. "The whole team rushed the court, owner was on the court, partied. It was crazy. This year when we won, it was more like we went down there with a mission."
The Warriors face the Heat on Wednesday night and would like to think of themselves as having matured as a team and a franchise since that moment, with signature wins coming at a greater frequency and big-name teams merely serving as roadblocks to a better playoff seeding.
Golden State has now beaten Miami in three of the past four contests between the two teams, with Green on Tuesday downplaying the idea that the upcoming game at Oracle Arena should be seen as one that measures where the Warriors stand.
"We're going in there trying to win a basketball game," Green said.
"Going in there with a mindset of it being a measuring-stick game, I think, is the completely wrong mindset."
Instead, Green said, the Warriors should go into games with the Heat expecting to beat the defending champion especially with the game being the last one before the All-Star break.
"You want to go in with good momentum and try to roll that over out of the All-Star break," said Green, whose 31-21 team has the seventh-best record in the Western Conference.
"We have to focus in and make sure we try to make a run right before and right after."
The Warriors are expected to be without centers Andrew Bogut (shoulder) and Jermaine O'Neal (wrist) for the game, with coach Mark Jackson saying LeBron James and Dwyane Wade would attack the paint either way.
"They bring the same challenges with or without Andrew," Jackson said. "This is a team that's in attack mode. They've got great finishers. If you turn the ball over, it's a slam dunk or a lob on the other end.
"The bonus would be having Andrew there to protect the paint, but we've seen how great those guys are. They can still be spectacular in spite of a big-time paint defender. We've got our hands full."
The last time the two teams met, Golden State won 123-114 in Miami as Curry scored 36 points and David Lee added 32.
Lee practiced a day after returning to the court and playing through a sprained shoulder and strained hip and could get the start at center for a second straight game.
And Jackson said he hoped that time off for Bogut and O'Neal would allow the rested players and the rest of the team to "take off running" after the All-Star break.
The Heat, which has the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, will play the night after its game at Phoenix.
"Individually and collectively they're a championship team," Jackson said.
"They play with an edge. They're a tight-knit group. Obviously, they're well aware of what took place in South Beach."
--Jackson reiterated that there is no issue between him and Bogut, as the two confirmed on their weekly shows on KNBR radio that the coach did not know the player originally felt discomfort in the shoulder coming off a game last month at Utah.
Bogut said Jackson assumed he might have injured the left shoulder while sleeping based on a conversation with the head trainer, who had been told by the player he had woken up to find the shoulder in worse pain after playing through it for a game.
Bogut, who said an MRI revealed a bone bruise and swelling but no structural damage, called the Jackson sleeping comment "absolutely ridiculous" before missing Tuesday's game and then later getting to the bottom of what Jackson told the station was a "misunderstanding."
"I don't think he meant anything by it," Bogut, who is expected to miss a fourth straight game, said of Jackson.
Said Jackson: "If this is considered (a) major issue, then I think we're fine because we've seen major issues in sports and in Warrior land."
--Guard MarShon Brooks and center Ognjen Kuzmic joined guard Kent Bazemore in being assigned to Santa Cruz to play on the eve of the Miami game.
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