OAKLAND -– The last-minute scratch of starting guard Klay Thompson on Saturday night put the Warriors in a bit of a bind.
They’re hoping Brandon Rush will pull them out.
Making his first NBA start since his first stint with the Warriors in 2011-12, Rush was inserted into the lineup against the Nets, as Thompson is sidelined with back stiffness.
With Thompson out and Leandro Barbosa in Brazil attending to a family matter, the Warriors suddenly are thin at shooting guard.
The decision to start Rush ahead of other candidates –- such as Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston and Ian Clark -– stemmed largely from a reluctance on the part of the coaching staff to disrupt the chemistry of the bench, led by Iguodala and Livingston.
Since sustaining a severe knee injury in November 2012, Rush has struggled to recreate the success he enjoyed in 2011-12, when he was the only player in the NBA –- and the 19th in league history –- to shoot 50 percent from the field and 45 percent beyond the 3-point stripe.
Rush through 10 games this season has played a total of 34 minutes. He did not appear in any of the previous four games.