Warriors' Klay Thompson a Game-time Decision Vs. Lakers, LeBron James

OAKLAND -- Klay Thompson was not at the Warriors' practice facility on Friday, a day after missing a game due to an illness. 

"He's still sick," coach Steve Kerr said. "We'll see how he's doing tomorrow."

When asked, Kerr said it was a "fair assessment" to call Thompson a game-time decision for Saturday night's home game against the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Alfonzo McKinnie started in the All-Star shooting guard's place in the Warriors' loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday. Golden State missed Thompson on both ends of the court, converting fewer than 30 percent of its 3-point attempts and struggling to contain 76ers point guard Ben Simmons. 

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The defeat was only the Warriors' second in January, and their first since losing to the Houston Rockets on a James Harden buzzer-beater on Jan. 3. In between those losses, the Warriors rattled off a season-high 11 conescutive wins, integrating rehabbing center DeMarcus Cousins into the lineup in the meantime.

In those 11 wins, the defending champs limited opponents to 108.9 points per 100 possessions, according to NBA.com. On Thursday, the 76ers scored 113 points. 

"I thought we got a little scattered [Thursday] on both ends of the floor," Kerr said, "but I give Philadelphia a lot of credit. They played a physical game, they played a great game defensively and they earned it. [Saturday's] just about bouncing back, and getting back to the way we've played the last couple of weeks."

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Kerr said the Warriors "turned the page" pretty quickly in Friday's film session, opening with clips from Thursday's loss before shifting their attention to the Lakers. Saturday's 5:30 p.m. PT tip means the Warriors won't have a morning shootaround. So, Friday served almost entirely as preparation for the matchup, and only a handful of players put up shots afterward.

Thompson might or might not play, but the Lakers will have an All-Star of their own back in the rotation. LeBron James will play in his second game since straining his left groin in the Lakers' Christmas Day win over the Warriors at Oracle Arena. 

Los Angeles went 6-11 in James' absence, falling from fourth in the Western Conference to ninth. He returned to action on Thursday, nearly posting a triple-double and hitting the go-ahead shot in the Lakers' win over the Los Angeles Clippers. 

The Warriors have seen James as much as anyone in the last five years, besting him and the Cleveland Cavaliers in three of the last four NBA Finals. With that in mind, Kerr was asked if there are any subtle impacts from the four-time MVP's return to the Lakers lineup. 

In short? Not really. 

"I don't think there is anything with LeBron that's flying under the radar," Kerr joked. "The guy's been on the radar since he was about 15, and we all know who he is. He's a phenomenal basketball player, does everything. He's one guy who there are no secrets [with]. He's just a great player."

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