Anthony Davis wears 'That's All Folks' shirt to Warriors-Pelicans game

Anthony Davis wears 'That's All Folks' shirt to Warriors-Pelicans game

The Warriors are in New Orleans to face the Pelicans on Tuesday night. It's the penultimate regular-season game of the year for Golden State.

For the Pels, it's the final game of a very tumultuous season, which included their franchise cornerstone demanding a trade.

Anthony Davis is not going to sign an extension with New Orleans this summer and will assuredly be shipped out of town at some point in the coming months.

That means that tonight likely will be last time The Brow suits up for the home team at Smoothie King Center. And he chose to arrive in a t-shirt that is sure to cause a stir.

"That's all folks," as in "I'll be traded soon."

Davis, who has not been in uniform the last six games, was initially listed as probable. However, shortly before tip-off, the Pelicans ruled him out for the game with back spasms.

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The 26-year old was drafted No. 1 overall by New Orleans in 2012. He led the Pelicans to the playoffs in 2015 and 2018 (they lost to the Warriors both years) and was named All-NBA First Team three times.

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Warriors vs. Pelicans Watch Guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

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Warriors vs. Pelicans Watch Guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

If any member of the Warriors wants even the slightest chance of increasing his postseason minutes, there are two opportunities and the first comes Tuesday night in New Orleans.

That’s where the Warriors, having affirmed their No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, face the Pelicans, who were eliminated from the playoff race three weeks ago.

Coverage begins at 4 o’clock with Warriors Pregame, with tipoff from Smoothie King Center scheduled for 5:10.

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With the starters expected to play limited minutes at most, the Warriors (56-24) will rely heavily on their reserves. With Kevin Durant given the night off, Alfonzo McKinnie likely will start at small forward. Quinn Cook, Jonas Jerebko and Jordan Bell also will get their chances.

The Warriors, who didn’t bother to have a morning shootaround, are mostly concerned with staying healthy as they await their first-round playoff opponent.

For the Pelicans (33-48), whose season was derailed by controversies related to Anthony Davis’ desire to be traded, this is the final game of the season.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Alfonzo McKinnie
F Draymond Green
C DeMarcus Cousins
G Jacob Evans III
G Steph Curry

Pelicans
F Kenrich Williams
F Christian Wood
C Jahlil Okafor
G Ian Clark
G Elfrid Payton

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: SG Klay Thompson (right knee soreness), C Andrew Bogut (rest), F Kevin Durant (flu), G Andre Iguodala (L toe soreness) and C Damian Jones (L pectoral surgery) are listed as out.

Pelicans: F Anthony Davis (back spasms) is out. F/G Trevon Bluiett (R thumb surgery), G Jrue Holiday (core muscle strain), G Frank Jackson (concussion), F Stanley Johnson (L ankle contusion), F Darius Miller (L adductor strain) and G/F E’Twaun Moore (L quad contusion) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: The key starters are not expected to play more than about 25 minutes. The goals for the four stars are to avoid injury. Cousins, making his first appearance against his former team, has to shake his recent tendency to commit fouls. The coaching staff will be monitoring several areas. Can McKinnie and Jerebko continue their solid rebounding while occasionally draining 3-pointers? Can Cook continue his hot shooting? Can Bell offset occasional mental lapses – if not shed them altogether – with consistent effort and focus?

Pelicans: With Davis out, Christian Wood will absorb most of the minutes at power forward.

Though C/PF Julius Randle is not on the injury list, he also has been in and out of the lineup based on the whims of the franchise. He was listed as DNP-CD on Sunday in Sacramento. Clark, a former Warrior, played 36 minutes in the win over the Kings, scoring a game-high 31 points and shooting 7-of-15 from beyond the arc.

Officials: Josh Tiven, Curtis Blair, CJ Washington

Warriors vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online and on TV

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Warriors vs. Pelicans live stream: How to watch NBA game online and on TV

With two games left in the regular season, the Warriors are playing their first meaningless game of the year. Golden State (56-24) clinched the No. 1 seed in the West and has nothing to play for -- other than staying sharp -- Tuesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr has chosen to rest superstar Kevin Durant and center Andrew Bogut for the game. Andre Iguodala will also miss the game with a toe soreness, although Kerr has deemed the injury not serious.

The Dubs have won five straight games and are playing some of their best basketball of the season. Steph Curry led the way with 27 points in Sunday night's win over the Clippers, and will likely take on an added scoring load with Durant on the bench.

The Pelicans (33-48), meanwhile, are playing for ping-pong balls in the draft lottery. Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis has not played since March 24 with "back spasms," although his absence is likely more due to a trade request has taken over the team since February. Despite having nothing to play for, New Orleans had a nice win over the Kings in their last contest. Former Warrior Ian Clark led the Pelicans with 31 points, including seven 3-pointers.

Davis, however, is listed as probable for the game. He showed up to the arena wearing a "That's All, Folks" shirt. Cue the speculation ...

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Here's how you can watch Warriors vs. Pelicans on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online:

When: Tuesday, April 9, at 5:00 p.m. PT (pregame at 4:00 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game here.