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With Durant out vs Kings, a 30-point game for Nick Young not out of the question

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With Durant out vs Kings, a 30-point game for Nick Young not out of the question

OAKLAND -- Though Draymond Green and David West will return to the lineup, Kevin Durant won’t be available Friday night when the Warriors face the Sacramento Kings at Oracle Arena.

Durant took a blow to the ribs two nights ago against the Lakers and was declared out after shootaround Friday morning. The additions of Green, who missed one game, and West, who missed six, are enough to position the Warriors (52-16) to make amends for a 110-106 home loss to lowly Sacramento in November.

The Kings (22-47), in the midst of youth movement, are 4-4 in March, their best eight-game start of any month since going 5-3 in February 2017.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 9

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Quinn Cook vs. De’Aaron Fox: While Cook is keeping the PG seat warm until Stephen Curry returns, Fox is quickly becoming a foundational player for the Kings. The rookie’s late-game exploits are particularly impressive; he’s 3-of-3 on game-tying or go-ahead shots in the last five seconds of games. Cook won’t be intimidated, but this is his fourth consecutive start so it’s time he plays as if he belongs.

INJURY REPORT

C/F David West (R arm cyst) is available. C/F Jordan Bell (R ankle tweak) and G Quinn Cook (R hand contusion) are listed as probable. G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak), F Kevin Durant (R rib soreness), G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture) and G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) are listed as out.

Kings: F Harry Giles (Bi-lateral knee rehabilitation) and G Iman Shumpert (L knee rehabilitation and L plantar fasciitis) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Kings: 4-6.

GAME OFFICIALS

Scott Foster (crew chief), Marat Kogut, Dedric Taylor

SERIES HISTORY

The teams split the first two of four games this season, the Kings with a 110-106 win on Nov. 27 in Oakland and the Warriors taking a 119-104 victory on Feb. 2 in Sacramento. The Warriors won three of four last season and are 12-2 against the Kings in the Steve Kerr era.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE SECOND UNIT: Though the starting lineup is pure makeshift, West’s return puts the second unit in position to do damage. He’s having a terrific season and he’ll be reunited with fellow vets Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. This group should be able to create separation against the Sacramento reserves.

THE TURNOVER TOTAL: The Warriors committed 40 turnovers in the first two games against Sacramento, giving the Kings 44 points. They committed 22 giveaways Wednesday against the Lakers, giving them 29 point. The Warriors already know if they open the upset door, the Kings are capable of walking through.

SWAGGY 3 TIME: The Kings rank dead last at defending the 3-point line. Rookie SG Bogdan Bogdanovic can shoot from deep but is lost on D. If ever there were a game to invite the best of Nick Young, this is it. A 30-point night is not out of the question.

Warriors' veteran tag team makes sure things stayed calm in Game 3 win vs Spurs

Warriors' veteran tag team makes sure things stayed calm in Game 3 win vs Spurs

SAN ANTONIO -- The Illinois Boys don’t do flash or dash. They don’t do much thrilling or spilling, either.

They do reliable.

Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston do smooth hoops. They are seasoned veterans that do what it takes to make the game easier for their teammates, and the Warriors are the beneficiaries.

Both were on their games Thursday night, providing the insulation within a 110-97 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 3 of their first-round series.

While Kevin Durant was leading the team and scoring and rebounding, and Draymond Green was leading in assists and blocks, and Kevon Looney was leading in steals, Iguodala and Livington were leading forces in making sure things stayed tight and together.

“It’s kind of funny how we trade off,” said Iguodala, from Springfield, Ill.

“We flip and flop,” said Livingston, from Peoria.

Iguodala played 27 minutes and made 4-of-9 shots from the field, Livingston played 20 minutes and made 4-of-9 from the field.

They combined for 26 points, 16 for Livingston and 10 for Iguodala. They combined for seven rebound and five assists. Iguodala was plus-12, Livingston plus-7.

Most important, they combined for one turnover.

On a night when the death of Erin Popovich, the wife of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, was in the minds of all inside AT&T Center, the Warriors needed Iguodala and Livingston to be their usual steady selves.

“To have that veteran leadership in the locker room, I think it’s great,” Draymond Green said. “It was a perfect setup for a letdown . . . but we still wanted to come out and try to win the game. Having that veteran leadership to try to put that to the side, no matter what, knowing that they were going to come out on an emotional high.”

Green didn’t mention Iguodala or Livingston by name. He didn’t have to.

They are team leaders and calming influences in the locker room and on the court. And each does it quietly and without pomp.

Iguodala is 34, in his 14th season, drafted ninth overall in 2004 from the University of Arizona. Livingston is 32, in his 14th season, drafted fourth overall, out of Peoria Central High School.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr, by design, wants one of them on the court at all times.

They swapped in the first quarter, Livingston for Iguodala. They swapped in the second quarter, Iguodala for Livingston. They swapped in the third, Livingston for Iguodala and again in the fourth, Iguodala for Livingston.

“We just let the game come to us,” Livingston said.

Maybe that’s why the work they do seems so smooth and almost quiet.

Kerr updates status of Durant, Livingston after ankle injuries in Game 3 win

Kerr updates status of Durant, Livingston after ankle injuries in Game 3 win

The Warriors are already dealing with Steph Curry's injury. And then they held their breath with two other players in nearly back-to-back plays in Game 3 Thursday night against the Spurs. 

Kevin Durant and Shaun Livingston both left the game early after rolling their left ankle. Durant exited the game with 4:36 remaining and Livingston headed to the locker room at the 4:03 mark. 

"I think they're going to be okay," Steve Kerr said to reporters after the win in San Antonio. "Shaun's was probably a little worse than Kevin's. Both sprained ankles. I think they'll be alright." 

Going after a loose ball with Patty Mills playing tight defense, you can see Durant injure his ankle below: 

The Warriors' star forward told the following to ESPN's Chris Haynes: 

Durant led all scorers with 26 points. Livingston's 16 points were third on the Warriors Thursday and tied his season high.