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Gameday: In pursuit of 20K club, Durant returns vs Clippers

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Gameday: In pursuit of 20K club, Durant returns vs Clippers

Editor's note: Steph Curry failed to finish his routine at shootaround today after slipping and immediately headed for treatment. Check back here for updates.

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OAKLAND -- No sooner than Kevin Durant was cleared, Stephen Curry was scratched from the lineup Wednesday night, when the Warriors face the Los Angeles Clippers.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff at Oracle Arena scheduled for 7:35.

Curry tweaked his right ankle during the morning shootaround and will not play. Fellow guard Klay Thompson is being given the night off to rest.

Though Durant -- who needs 25 points to reach 20,000 for his career -- has missed the last three games, the Warriors (33-8), largely due to Curry’s production, have won five in a row, by an average of 10.4 points. One of those wins was over the Clippers last Saturday in Los Angeles.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 12

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Pat McCaw & Co. vs. Lou Williams: With Thompson out, the Warriors will rely on several defenders in an attempt to contain Williams. Besides McCaw, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston also will get opportunities. Signed as LA’s sixth man, Williams leads all NBA bench scorers, at 21.8 points per game, but has been pressed into the starting lineup due to injuries. He averaged 28.6 points per game over the last 10 games, 31.2 over the last five. With Griffin out, Williams is by far LA’s biggest threat.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain) and G Klay Thompson (rest) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Clippers: G Milos Teodosic (plantar fasciitis) is listed as questionable. G Patrick Beverley (R knee surgery), F Danili Gallinari (L glute injury), F Blake Griffin (concussion protocol) and G Austin Rivers (R ankle injury) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2.

Clippers: 7-3.

GAME OFFICIALS

Ken Mauer (crew chief), Ben Taylor, Josh Tiven

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won the first two of four meetings this season, 141-113 on Oct. 30 in LA and 121-105 on Jan. 6 in LA. The Warriors have won 12 in a row, the fourth-longest NBA win streak against a specific opponent. The Warriors have 21 of the last 23 in Oakland and 20 of the last 25 overall.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

KD 20K: Kevin Durant is 25 points away from becoming the 44th player in league history to score 20,000. At age, he would become the second-youngest player to reach that mark, behind only LeBron James. Only four players have reached 20,000 points before turning 30: Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant and James.

BACKCOURT SHUFFLE: With Curry and Thompson both out of action, coach Steve Kerr will have to do plenty of shuffling. Best bets to start are Livingston and McCaw, with Nick Young coming off the bench and Iguodala putting in minutes at the point. No matter where the minutes go, the loss of firepower is significant.

THE 120 CLUB: The Warriors averaged 127.0 points over their last five games, topping the 120 mark in all five. The Warriors are 19-1 when scoring at least 120. The last Warriors teams to score at least 120 points over six games was the 1988-89 team featuring Hall of Famers Chris Mullin and Mitch Richmond.

Spurs star Kawhi Leonard out indefinitely

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Spurs star Kawhi Leonard out indefinitely

NEW YORK — The San Antonio Spurs say Kawhi Leonard will be out indefinitely as he continues his recovery from a leg injury.

Leonard has played in just nine games after missing the beginning of the season because of right quadriceps tendinopathy. He also was sidelined briefly because of a shoulder injury.

Spurs general manager RC Buford said Wednesday that Leonard has made significant progress in his recovery but "this is the best approach for the next steps in his return to play."

The All-Star forward is averaging 16.2 points this season for the Spurs, who play the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

Gameday: Look for Curry to make statement against rising Bulls point guard

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Gameday: Look for Curry to make statement against rising Bulls point guard

The Warriors will be without Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, when they aim to tie a franchise record for consecutive road wins Wednesday as they face the improving Chicago Bulls at United Center.

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

In seeking their 14th straight road win, the Warriors (36-9) will be confronting quite a different herd of Bulls than the team they crushed 143-94 two months ago in Oakland. Neither Kevin Durant nor Green was available in that rout, which that was the highest point total allowed by the Bulls since November 1990.

After a 3-20 start, the Bulls (17-27) righted themselves with a seven-game win streak in December and have won 14 of their last 21. The offense has steadily improved, averaging 94.5 points in October/November to 112.0 in January.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 8

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Kris Dunn: Several factors are responsible for the rise of the Bulls, but none may be more important than the play of Dunn, the fifth overall pick in the 2016 draft. Acquired in the June 2017 trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, Dunn is the engine of a Chicago offense that since Dec. 6 has operated at the fifth-fastest pace in the NBA. He averaged 12.0 points and 8.4 assists over the last five games. Curry missed most of December but has been playing well since returning. He loves the challenge of a rising point guard. He’ll be out to make a statement.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness) and F Andre Iguodala (L calf contusion) are listed as out.

Bulls: G Cameron Payne (R foot surgery) is listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2.

Bulls: 5-5.

GAME OFFICIALS

Ron Garretson (crew chief), Mark Ayotte, Scott Twardoski

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors won the first of two meetings this season, 143-94, on Nov. 24 in Oakland. The teams split the series last season, each winning on its own floor. The Warriors have won six of the last nine meetings overall.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

KD UNLEASHED: Since returning Jan. 10, after a three-game absence, Durant has been on a tear, averaging 30.8 points on 62.5-percent shooting, including 60 percent from beyond the arc. Most teams don’t have anyone that matches up with him, and the Bulls certainly don’t. The closest is Lauri Markkanen, and though he has the length (7 feet), he has no chance of slowing Durant. All indications point to another big night.

THE BOMBERS: Chicago has made at least 10 3-pointers in each of its last nine home games, the longest such streak in franchise history. They’ve made at least 15 treys in each of the last three games. Rookie forward Markkanen drilled his 100th career triple in his 41st game, the fastest rate in league history. He averaged 23.0 points over his last three games, making 15 3-pointers in the process. With Green out, the Warriors will give him a variety of looks, with one of them being Durant.

WARRIORS DEPTH: The absence of Green and Iguodala will hurt the Warriors, who are playing their fourth game in six nights. Jordan Bell will start for Green, but the Warriors will have to alter their offense -- Green leads team in assists -- while patching together a defense that will be without two players that make an impact on that end. Omri Casspi, Kevon Looney and Pat McCaw will have opportunities.