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Gameday: Klay returns, Steph sits to start Warriors' five-game road trip

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Gameday: Klay returns, Steph sits to start Warriors' five-game road trip

The Warriors will be without Stephen Curry when they open a five-game road trip Friday against the young and athletic Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 5:05.

The Warriors (33-9) are coming off probably their worst performance of the season, a 125-106 home loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, who were without four starters. Neither Stephen Curry nor Klay Thompson suited up. Thompson, however, will return to the lineup.

The Bucks (22-18) are one of the more intriguing teams in the Eastern Conference, largely because of Giannis Antetokounmpo, a 23-year-old forward destined to become a perennial All-Star. Milwaukee is 18-12 since acquiring point guard Eric Bledsoe in November.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 5.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo: Both are long (6-foot-11), athletic, supremely talented and rank in the top 10 in PER. Durant is the most complete scorer in the game. Antetokounmpo’s skills match or exceed those of Durant in most areas except pure shooting and blocking shots. Though Durant is listed at small forward and Antetokounmpo at power forward, they will see plenty of each other.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Omri Casspi (back soreness) is listed as questionable. G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain) is listed as out.

Bucks: F Jabari Parker (L knee surgery rehab) and F Mirza Teletovic (pulmonary emboli) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 7-3.

Bucks: 5-5.

GAME OFFICIALS

Ed Malloy (crew chief), Kevin Cutler, Lauren Holtkamp

SERIES HISTORY

This is the first meeting this season. The Warriors swept the two-game series last season and have won seven of the last eight meetings overall. They are 2-1 in Milwaukee since Steve Kerr arrived in 2014-15.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE SEARCH FOR D: Though the Warriors have been a top-four defensive team five years running, they haven’t looked the part lately. They’ve won five of their last seven while allowing an average of 117.0 points per game. Their rating during that stretch is a ghastly 112.1 and only one opponent failed to top 46 percent from the field. They’ve fallen into the dangerous trap of trying to outscore opponents.

PROTECT THE BALL: The Warriors are prone to turnovers, committing 15.6 per game; only the Lakers and 76ers commit more. Moreover, opponents are scoring 18.4 points per game off the gifts. This invites trouble against the Bucks, who are sixth percentage of forced turnovers and eighth in converting them into points.

ROAD STREAK: The Warriors recall their win streak to start the 2015-16 season ended at 24 in Milwaukee. Now another streak is at stake. They’ve won 10 in a row on the road, by an average margin of 11.2 points. Their 17-3 road record makes them the first team to win 17 of its first 20 road games in three consecutive seasons.

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.