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Gameday: Curry looks to continue dominance of Raptors

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Gameday: Curry looks to continue dominance of Raptors

Programming note: Warriors-Raptors coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.

OAKLAND -- The Warriors didn’t lose their third game last season until Dec. 1. Loss No. 3 will come much, much sooner if they stumble Wednesday night.

That’s when the defending champs open a three-game homestand against the Toronto Raptors at Oracle Arena. 

The Warriors (2-2) are coming off their strongest showing thus far, with nobody playing more than 33 minutes in a 133-103 mugging of the woeful Dallas Mavericks.

The Raptors (2-1) won their first two games by double digits before falling to the Spurs on Monday night in San Antonio.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 12

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Klay Thompson vs. DeMar DeRozan: The top three shooting guards in today’s NBA are from the LA-area prep scene, with Thompson and DeRozan, each 6-7, claiming two of those spots. DeRozan is the better athlete, but Thompson is the more complete player. Thompson is off to a robust start at both ends. If he can contain his buddy, it’s hard to imagine the Raptors finding a route to victory.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: No injuries listed.

Raptors: C Lucas Nogueira (L ankle sprain) and C Jonas Valanciunas (L ankle sprain) are listed as out.

RECENT SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors swept both games last season, have won six in a row overall and the last 12 played in Oakland, dating back to Feb. 8, 2004.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE FLOOR LEADERS: All-Star point guards Stephen Curry and Kyle Lowry run the show for their respective teams, and their duel is no less important -- though it lacks the history -- of the Thompson-DeRozan matchup. The Warriors swept two games last season largely because Curry dominated Lowry both times.

THE BIGS: With Toronto’s top two centers, Valanciunas and Nogueira, both out the Raptors will look mostly to Jakob Poeltl at the 5 spot, with help from power forward Serge Ibaka. The Warriors can respond with Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, JaVale McGee, David West and Jordan Bell commanding minutes behind Zaza Pachulia. Translation: A lot of small-ball in this game.

SOMETHING MUST GIVE: Toronto’s field-goal defense has been terrific, ranking fourth at 41.8 percent overall and 30.3 percent beyond the arc. The Warriors lead the NBA in shooting from the field (50.0 percent) and rank third from 3-point distance (41.2).

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Steve Kerr updates Jordan Bell's status

Jordan Bell likely envisioned a longer debut at the United Center. 

The Chicago Bulls traded the pick used to select Bell to the Golden State Warriors for cash considerations, and Bell's taken plenty of chances to remind the Bulls to remind them of that fact. 

Instead of getting another chance to rub it in, Bell injured his left ankle 24 seconds in to Golden State's 119-112 win over Chicago on Wednesday. On Thursday, Bell and the Warriors learned the results of his MRI, and it's not as bad as the team first feared, according to head coach Steve Kerr.

"Well, it seemed a lot worse at the time when it happened. Everyone kind of thought he had a broken a bone just based on his reaction [and] what he was telling us," Steve Kerr told Damon Bruce on 95.7 The Game.  "But the MRI was pretty good this morning. Nothing glaring. 

"The X-ray was fine yesterday. So it doesn't appear to be more than a bone bruise but bone bruises can be tricky to heal, so we'll see what happens. But so far, the news has all been good."

Bell has emerged as a bench contributor in his first NBA season. In 38 games, he's averaging 5.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.1 blocks in 14.4 minutes.

Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

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Two Warriors named All-Star Game starters

After sending four players to the NBA All-Star Game last season in New Orleans, the Warriors are halfway to repeating the feat this season.

Point guard Stephen Curry and small forward Kevin Durant were voted in as Western Conference starters for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the NBA announced on Thursday.

Though Curry has missed 15 games -- nearly one-third of the season -- it has not hurt his popularity; His No. 30 is the NBA’s best-selling jersey for the third straight season. He is averaging team-leading 27.7 points, 6.5 assists and 5.3 rebounds, and 1.65 steals per game.

Curry is the first member of the Warriors to be named a starter for five consecutive All-Star games. As the player with the most fan votes, Curry becomes a captain and is in position to select the members of his team.

Durant, who has missed eight games this season, was named as a starter for the sixth time, the first four coming when he was a member of the Thunder.

Durant is averaging 26.2 points (fifth in the league) 6.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2.05 blocks (fourth in the league) per game.