CHICAGO -- Big man Jermaine O'Neal during an evening team meeting last week urged his teammates to give whatever they had left for the stretch run, and the Warriors have not lost since embracing those words.
O'Neal has said it would become the team's motto at a time when the Warriors are riding a four-game winning streak heading into Wednesday's game at Chicago. The veteran's words of wisdom were taken to heart.
"For these next 29 games, whether it's one hand or one leg, whatever you have, give us what you got," forward Draymond Green said of what O'Neal told the team coming off the All-Star break. "And for him to start playing like he's been playing after that speech, it's created a lot of respect.
"Because not only did he ask us that, but he's giving us everything he's got, and it's helping us win. It's been a big reason why we've been able to start a streak."
In four starts since the All-Star break, O'Neal has averaged 11 points and 9.3 rebounds in 28.5 minutes per game. He has shot 58.6 percent from the field during that stretch. A 16-point, 10-rebound performance at Detroit gave O'Neal his second straight double-double for the first time since 2010.
Just before the break, O'Neal had missed two games because of right-wrist inflammation coming off surgery.
"You'll run through a wall for him because he's not only saying something," Green said. "He's backing it up.
"That dude's 35 years old with 18 years (of NBA experience). It's a lot of miles, but yet he's playing all those all minutes and giving us everything he's got, you've got to respect that. And when you see that, how you not go give everything you've got?"
O'Neal, who could be playing in his final season, had acknowledged it wasn't as easy to lead while missing nearly two months following wrist surgery.
"They listened to him early on, but it's different when you're out there performing, when you're out there getting it done," coach Mark Jackson said.
"Hopefully, everything will be fine moving forward," Jackson said. "I expect him to (play), but we'll see how he is when he gets here, and we'll make a determination based on that."
The Warriors beat the Bulls 102-87 three weeks ago while Lee and center Andrew Bogut were out with injuries. In that game, Chicago's Taj Gibson had 26 points and 13 rebounds taking over for Carlos Boozer, who was a late scratch from being injured in warm-ups.
This time the Warriors have Bogut, who returned to action Monday at Detroit after missing seven games because of shoulder inflammation, and possibly Lee. They'll have to deal with Boozer and Joakim Noah in the starting frontcourt and Gibson coming off the bench.
"They do a great job, and they hurt us to a certain extent at Oracle," Jackson said. "It's important for us with them playing tonight, to understand that we should be the hardest-working team in the building, and once again, defensively will be the key."
Chicago has won six of seven since losing at Oracle Arena.
Warriors (35-22) at Chicago (30-26), 5 p.m. CSNBA
SPRING IN HIS STEP
A look at center Jermaine O'Neal's play during the
Warriors' current four-game winning streak, during which starting power forward David Lee has missed two games and starting center Andrew Bogut has missed three:
Date Opp. Score Min Pts Reb Blk
Feb. 19 @SAC W, 101-92 16 3 4 0
Thursday HOU W, 102-99 37 2 10 2
Saturday BKN W, 93-86 34 23 13 0
Monday @DET W, 104-96 27 16 10 3