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Warriors vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors vs. Spurs watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN ANTONIO -- Even as the Warriors project unwavering confidence, alarms are ringing around them. They can silence some of the noise Sunday by beating the Spurs and avoiding their first winless three-game road trip under coach Steve Kerr.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3 p.m. PT with Warriors Pregame, and tipoff at AT&T Center is scheduled for 4:05.

The injury-ravaged Warriors (12-5) have lost four of their last six games, including two in a row for the first time since April. They’re coming off a 112-109 loss at Dallas on Saturday night.

The Spurs (7-7) also are are struggling, losing three in a row and five of their last six.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant
F Jonas Jerebko
C Damian Jones/Kevon Looney
G Klay Thompson
G Quinn Cook

Spurs
F DeMar DeRozan
F LaMarcus Aldridge
C Dante Cunningham
G Bryn Forbes
G Derrick White

INJURY REPORT

Warriors
C DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles tendon surgery rehab), G Stephen Curry (groin strain), F Draymond Green (toe sprain) and forward Alfonzo McKinnie (foot soreness) are listed as out.

Spurs
F/C Davis Bertans (concussion protocol), C Pau Gasol (foot soreness), G Dejounte Murray (ACL surgery rehab) and G Lonnie Walker (medial meniscus tear) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors
Kerr made a lineup change against the Mavericks, with Kevon Looney replacing Damian Jones at center. Results were mixed, but Jones had the more impactful game. Looney, however, might be the better defender against San Antonio big man Aldridge.

Though Kerr might stay with Andre Iguodala starting at point guard, the coach has to consider going back to Cook inasmuch as the Warriors could use the offensive boost provided by his 50 percent shooting from deep. Cook’s presence also would create more room for Durant and Thompson.

The bench, as a group, was terrific Saturday in Dallas. Point guard Shaun Livingston and shooting guard Damion Lee and Cook had particularly strong games. If Cook doesn’t start, he still could play 20 to 25 minutes.

Spurs
A roster makeover has given San Antonio an different look and partly explains whey coach Gregg Popovich is using more three-guard rotations than usual. Aldridge is the only consistent starter who was on the team last season.

DeRozan is playing well at shooting guard/small forward. Rudy Gay has been hampered by a tender heel, which caused him to leave the game early Thursday. He was not, however, on the injury list. If he’s healthy, he can make an impact.

Though point guard Patty Mills and shooting guard Marco Belinelli provide scoring off the bench, both can be exploited on defense. Their minutes are needed, but they also contribute an atypically bad defense -- San Antonio ranks 25th in field-goal percentage defense.

Warriors vs. Mavericks watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors vs. Mavericks watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

DALLAS -- The Warriors own a 10-game win streak over Dallas, and for the sake of their own peace of mind, they’d like nothing more than to extend it to 11 when the teams meet Saturday night at American Airlines Center.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30 p.m. PT with Warriors Pregame Live, with tipoff scheduled for 5:35 p.m. PT.

After a strong start, the Warriors (12-4) have cooled lately, losing three of their last five in a skid almost completely linked to the injury absence of Stephen Curry.

After playing against the Rockets, forward Draymond Green won't play against the Mavericks because of a sprained right toe. Forward Alfonzo McKinnie also will sit out because of foot soreness.

The Mavericks (6-8) have won their last three, most recently blasting the Jazz 118-68 on Wednesday night in Dallas.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant
F Jonas Jerebko
C Damian Jones
G Klay Thompson
G Quinn Cook

Mavericks
F Harrison Barnes
F Luka Doncic
C DeAndre Jordan
G Dorian Finney-Smith
G Dennis Smith Jr.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors
C DeMarcus Cousins (Achilles’ tendon surgery rehab), G Stephen Curry (groin strain), F Draymond Green (toe sprain) and F Alfonzo McKinnie (foot soreness) are listed as out.

Mavericks
G/F Luka Doncic (shoulder soreness) and F/C Dwight Powell (knee effusion) are listed as questionable. G Wesley Matthews (hamstring strain) and C/F Dirk Nowitzki (ankle surgery) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors
Forward Marcus Derrickson and guard Damion Lee were summoned from G-League Santa Cruz to supplement the injury-weakened roster. It’s reasonable to believe one or both could enter the game.

Andre Iguodala started at point guard Thursday at Houston for defensive reasons -- against James Harden and Chris Paul -- but he likely will return to his sixth man role.

Down three regulars, the Warriors will lean heavily on reserves Shaun Livingston, Jonas Jerebko and Kevon Looney. All three played at least 16 minutes against the Rockets.

Mavericks
If Doncic is active, he’s worth watching. The rookie wing has star potential.

Matthews will be replaced by Finney-Smith, who came off the bench Wednesday and shot 3 of 3 from deep against Utah. The Dallas reserves have outscored reserves of opposing teams 163-69 over the last three games.

Among the reserves who bear watching are point guard J.J. Barea, who typically plays well against the Warriors, as well as F/C Maxi Kleber and Stanford product F/C Dwight Powell.

 

Warriors, in an unhealthy state, have been 'knocked back' but not down

Warriors, in an unhealthy state, have been 'knocked back' but not down

DALLAS -- The Warriors' only real concern entering this season was health. They had reason to believe good health would translate to a great season and a fifth consecutive lengthy playoff run.

That concern materialized early, with the loss of Stephen Curry in Game No. 12, and hasn’t exactly slowed down.

Poor team health, along with the public display of discord between Kevin Durant and Draymond Green on Monday night, has put the Warriors in a bit of a tailspin.

“The season, every year, is filled with peaks and valleys,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Saturday after shootaround at American Airlines Center. “You can feel when you’ve got everything cooking and going smoothly. And you can also feel when you’ve been knocked back. That’s where we are right now.”

Knocked back isn't knocked down, and nowhere near knocked out. But it hurts.

Curry has missed the past nine days, and he could miss at least another week. Draymond Green has missed three of the last five games, and isn’t likely to be back until the middle of next week at the soonest. Alfonzo McKinnie, the out-of-nowhere forward who last month played his way into the rotation, also won’t be available Saturday against the Mavericks.

Suddenly, DeMarcus Cousins has plenty of company on the sideline.

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The lengthy injury list has Kerr juggling what’s left of his roster, which was expanded late Friday night with the temporary additions of two-way players Marcus Derrickson and Damion Lee, both summoned from G-League Santa Cruz.

“We’ve got some reinforcements,” the coach said, forcing a smile.

The Warriors still own the NBa'S best record, tied with the Toronto Raptors at 12-4. They still have Durant, who is healthy but is coping with the emotional toll of the quarrel with Green. They still have Klay Thompson, whose shooting percentage has plummeted in Curry's four-game absence.

If the Warriors are to dig out of their recent mediocrity anytime soon, it’ll be because Durant and Thompson have recaptured the best parts of their games.

Durant, who shot below 50 percent twice in the first 13 games, has endured three consecutive games of sub-50 percent shooting for the first time since joining the Warriors in 2016. His longest such streak as a Warrior is four in a row.

Thompson shot 43 percent overall, 30.3 from deep, over the last four games, 39.4 and 28.6 over the last three.

If those numbers don’t soon appreciably improve, and Curry and Green aren’t able to return until well after Thanksgiving, the Warriors could be knocked down.

And Kerr didn’t seem particularly optimistic about quick returns from either of the disabled All-Stars.

Curry, coping with a strained groin, did light work Saturday, but he has spent most of his time rehabilitating under the supervision of Rick Celebrini, the Warriors' director of sports medicine. Groin strains commonly last about three weeks. That would put Curry's return sometime around Nov. 29 at Toronto.

“Steph is getting better every day,” Kerr said. “He’s made a good jump the last couple days in terms of his symptoms. He’s doing a little more each day with Rick. I talked to Rick yesterday, and they both felt like it was headed in the right direction.”

Green missed two games with a sprained toe before returning Monday to squabble with Durant while playing 43 minutes against the Los Angeles Clippers. Green was suspended for Tuesday’s game with the Atlanta Hawks and conceded he spent most of the day icing his toe. He returned to play 24 ineffective minutes Thursday at Houston.

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He’s obviously still dealing with pain.

“We decided to give him some time off,” Kerr said. “We don’t know how long it will be, but the toe injury has been lingering. He was on a minutes restriction (in Houston). He felt and our training staff felt we’re spinning our wheels a little bit if we keep playing him and it gets a little worse. We’ve got to get him better.”

Meanwhile, the remaining Warriors look mostly to Durant and Thompson. As well they should. If they get it going, this is a blip. If they don’t, this can become a significant dip.