David Lee sat at his locker following the Warriors' 116-112 victory over New Orleans on Saturday with his gnarled ankle soaking in an ice bath.

When he got up from his station, Lee's purple foot popped and cracked like Bubble Wrap, indicating that there's no way he will be in condition to play Monday afternoon against the Clippers.

"Yeah, right," Lee said. "You know I'm not missing that game."

Competitors don't miss games like these in a series like this.

So, Lee says he'll be in the lineup, and Warriors point guard Stephen Curry (ankle) and Clippers lead guard Chris Paul (knee) both had dress rehearsals a game ahead of their teams' fourth and final regular-season meeting.

The Warriors trail the Clippers by seven games for the lead in the Pacific Division, but Golden State is the only team in the league that has beaten the Clippers twice. Plus, the Warriors have provided some of their season's most indelible images during games against the division leaders.

In the first meeting, the Warriors held off the Clippers 114-110 on Nov. 3 in Los Angeles. The victory gave credence to the idea that the Warriors' undefeated summer league and solid preseason weren't flukes, and they celebrated like they believed.

"The first time they beat us here, you would have thought they won the NBA Finals," Paul said.

During the Warriors' 115-94 tromping of the Clippers at Oracle Arena on Jan. 2, Blake Griffin took exception to the Warriors' bench mocking his held three-point pose - on a shot that bounded off the side of the backboard.

In the third game, the Clippers made their point. They led by as many as 39 points and stomped the Warriors 115-89 in Los Angeles on Jan. 5. Warriors head coach Mark Jackson called a timeout during the third quarter, walked onto the court and glared at the Clippers' bench as the players celebrated a third consecutive alley-oop dunk.

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