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Gameday: Solid shooting guard battle between Gary Harris, Klay Thompson

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Gameday: Solid shooting guard battle between Gary Harris, Klay Thompson

OAKLAND -- With Kevin Durant on the sideline, the Warriors are riding Stephen Curry and he has delivered. That same formula may be in effect Monday night, when they face the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena.

The Warriors (32-8) have won four straight since Curry, who missed 11 games, returned on Dec. 30. Curry remains on the injury list, along with fellow starter Draymond Green, but both are likely to play. Durant, though, could miss his third consecutive game.

The Nuggets (21-18) should have the full attention of the Warriors, as they held the defending champs to a season-low 81 points last month at Oracle Arena. By winning that game, Denver is the only team already assured of beating the Warriors at least once in each of Steve Kerr’s first four seasons as coach.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 10.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Jamal Murray: Murray has spent the season solidifying his status as Denver’s starting point guard. The second-year player is only 20 but plays with the confidence of a vet. He played well in beating the Warriors last month, but he didn’t have to contend with Curry, who was on the injured list. The two-time MVP is back and he has been blistering everyone in his path.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G Omri Casspi (hip contusion), G Stephen Curry (L knee soreness), F Draymond Green (R knee soreness), F Andre Iguodala (L knee and hip soreness) and G Shaun Livingston (hip tightness) are available to play. F Kevin Durant (R calf strain) is OUT. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Nuggets: F Paul Millsap (L wrist ligament surgery) is listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Nuggets: 5-5.

GAME OFFICIALS

Bill Kennedy (crew chief), Marat Kogut, Derek Richardson

SERIES HISTORY

The teams split the first two of four meetings this season, with the Warriors taking a 127-108 win on Nov. 4 at Denver and the Nuggets posting a 96-81 win on Dec. 23 in Oakland. The Warriors won two of three last season and have won nine of the last 13 overall.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE GLASS WARS: The Nuggets have been and continue to be one of the league’s best offensive rebounding teams and have used that to hurt the Warriors in the past. They lead the NBA in second-chance points (14.8 per game) and piled up 18 in their last trip to Oakland. If the Warriors don’t block out, they’ll pay.

THE SHOOTING GUARDS: Klay Thompson hasn’t had many awful games this season, but he has struggled against Denver, scoring 15 points in each game, shooting 36.4, including 25.0 percent from deep. Denver’s big guard, Gary Harris, has done a solid job using physicality to deny Thompson. Can this be reversed?

JAVALE ETC.: The rotation of big men is fluid, with only Zaza Pachulia and David West getting stable minutes. What’s left goes to Jordan Bell, Kevon Looney and JaVale McGee -- in that order. McGee’s DNP-CD count is at nine, with five coming in the last four weeks. He could he see time against his former team as the Warriors consider trade options.

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.