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Warriors vs. Hawks watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

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Warriors vs. Hawks watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

The seasons of the Warriors and their Southeastern offspring, the Hawks, have been so deeply sabotaged by unforeseen circumstances that one of them must walk off the court Monday night with a distinction neither desires:

Worst record in the NBA.

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So, pride should be palpable when the teams meet at State Farm Arena. Pregame coverage on NBC Bay Area begins at 3:30, with tipoff scheduled for 4:40.

The Warriors (4-17) own the worst record in the league. Though they will have center/forward Kevon Looney for the first time since Oct. 24, they will be without forward Draymond Green.

Atlanta, at 4-16, only a half-game ahead of the Warriors, Is in Year 2 of an extensive overhaul under ex-Warriors personnel executive Travis Schlenk.

Both teams have been derailed by the loss of key players, leaving behind severely compromised rosters. While the Warriors have dropped five of their last six games, the Hawks are in the midst of a 10-game losing streak.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F Glenn Robinson III
F Kevon Looney
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Alec Burks
G Ky Bowman

Hawks

F De’Andre Hunter
F Jabari Parker
C Damian Jones
G Cam Reddish
G Trae Young

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (L hand fracture), G Jacob Evans III (L adductor strain), F Draymond Green (R heel soreness), G Damion Lee (R hand non-displaced fracture), G D’Angelo Russell (R thumb sprain) and G Klay Thompson (R ACL rehab) are listed as out. F Alen Smailagic is on assignment with G-League Santa Cruz.

Hawks: G/F DeAndre’ Bembry (R hip contusion) is listed as probable. G/F Cam Reddish (L wrist sprain) is listed as questionable. G Allen Crabbe (Flu-like symptoms) is listed as doubtful. C/F John Collins (NBA suspension) and G Kevin Huerter (L rotator cuff strain) are listed as out.

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ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: Green’s absence leaves the Warriors without their best playmaker, best defender and best communicator. There is no similar replacement in any of those areas, though the addition of Looney will help ... Whether Looney will start will be announced before tipoff, but his minutes will be restricted, likely in the 15-20 range. If he starts, it will be the Warriors’ 12th different lineup this season ... With Looney available, joining Marquese Chriss, Omari Spellman and Cauley-Stein, the Warriors now have four players in the rotation capable of playing center or power forward ... Led by Paschall’s 17.0 ppg, the team’s rookies are averaging an NBA-best 34.0 ppg ... The Bowman-Young matchup should be fun to watch, as one takes pride in his defense (Bowman) and Young’s 28.4 ppg ranks fourth in the league ... Today’s available player count: Eight.

Hawks: The Hawks play inside-out, with Young comfortable launching from anywhere inside 35 feet but also willing to drive. With the big men attacking the rim, they rank fourth in paint points per game (52.8) . . . Parker, the No. 2 overall pick in 2014, has been a disappointment for much of his career – largely due to injuries – but is having a solid offensive season, averaging 16.8 ppg, At 6-8, 245, he’s doing most of his damage in the paint. His 49 dunks rank fourth in the NBA . . . Alongside Young’s deep shooting, Hunter has been a nice complement. The rookie from Virginia enters with a streak of 12 straight games with at least one triple . . . After three seasons with the Warriors, Jones still is seeking his NBA comfort zone. Early evaluation is mixed on his work since entering the starting lineup in place of Collins. Jones is averaging 6.9 ppg and 3.3 rpg . . . The Hawks rank sixth in forced turnovers per game (16.5), including forcing 28 in a game vs. Miami in the second week of the season. Yes, Vince Carter remains on the roster. If you’ve wondered where Chandler Parsons landed, look no further.

Officials: Tom Washington (crew chief), Scott Twardoski, Jason Goldenberg.

NBA rumors: Kings didn't draft Luka Doncic over Vlade Divac's dislike of dad

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NBA rumors: Kings didn't draft Luka Doncic over Vlade Divac's dislike of dad

Missing in the draft happens to everyone. You get attached to one prospect and let the next great generational talent slip through your fingers.

Often times it's a scouting error. Sometimes a player blossoms unexpectedly. And sometimes, apparently, your general manager dislikes the player's father.

Such reportedly was the case when the Kings and general manager Vlade Divac chose to pass on Luka Doncic to select Marvin Bagley III with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, according to ESPN's Tim MacMahon.

"My understanding is that [Divac] being so close to Luka and knowing his dad so well factored into their decision," MacMahon said on ESPN's "The Woj Pod," via NBC Sports' Kurt Helin. "Basically, he didn't think a whole lot of Luka's dad, and the whole like father like son ... well ... no, this is a different dude.

"You messed that one up, Vlade."

Now, to be fair, the Kings did already have De'Aaron Fox, so there wasn't a need for a ball-dominant guard. But, Doncic has been sensational since arriving in the NBA, blossoming into a superstar with the Dallas Mavericks. If you have the chance to get a generational talent, which Doncic appears to be, you take him, no matter who his father is. 

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The Kings also weren't the only team to pass on Doncic. The Suns drafted Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 overall pick, and the Hawks drafted Doncic but traded his rights to Dallas for the rights to Trae Young and a 2019 first-round draft pick, which turned into Cam Reddish.

Doncic won the 2019 KIA NBA Rookie of the Year Award and has been lighting up everyone during his sophomore season. After torching the Rockets for 41 points Sunday, the Slovenian guard now is averaging 30.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 9.8 assists while shooting 49.5 percent from the field.

Star now is spelled L-U-K-A. Sorry, Vlade.

Kings takeaways: What we learned in uneven 121-109 win against Hawks

Kings takeaways: What we learned in uneven 121-109 win against Hawks

BOX SCORE

Messed around and almost got burned.

After leading by as many as 21 points in the first half, the Sacramento Kings went away from what was working Friday evening in Atlanta and the Hawks tracked them down.

Trae Young caught fire in the third quarter to make it a game and he didn’t stop there. With 9:03 remaining in the fourth, the Hawks cut Sacramento’s lead to one at 94-93. And then the Kings second unit responded.

Bogdan Bogdanovic, Trevor Ariza and Cory Joseph turned up the heat and dropped a 22-5 run to put Atlanta away. 

Here are three takeaways as the Kings improved to 2-1 on the road trip and 3-6 with the 121-109 victory.  

Big shot Bogi

For the second straight game, Bogdan Bogdanovic put on a show coming off the Kings’ bench. 

With Sacramento staggering at the end of the third, Bogdanovic buried one of his five makes to give the team breathing room heading into the fourth. 

He continued his timely shooting in the final quarter to finish the night with 20 points on 5-of-6 shooting from long range to go with five assists and four rebounds.

When Bogdanovic is on, the Kings need to give him the ball and get out of the way. Over his last two games, Bogdanovic has now hit 11 of 17 from behind the arc.

The Rise of Ariza

General manager Vlade Divac spent big money on Trevor Ariza in the offseason and through the first eight games, the returns were all over the place.

Against Atlanta, the 16-year veteran played extremely well, especially in the fourth quarter. Ariza was active on both ends of the court, coming away with two huge steals and a couple of big 3-pointers to help turn the tide in the final 12 minutes. 

Ariza finished the game with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 shooting from behind the arc. 

Coach Luke Walton has used Ariza more than expected early in the season and it paid off Friday against Atlanta.

Welcome back, Harry

After being put on ice throughout training camp and missing the first eight games of the season with a sore left knee, Harry Giles returned to action for Sacramento and made an immediate impact for Luke Walton’s squad. 

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Giles took a few minutes to find his sea legs on the offensive end, but he was active on defense, swatting away a dunk attempt by Hawks rookie De’Andre Hunter early in his first run.

The Kings have been needing another active enforcer on the court and Giles didn’t disappoint. He finished the night with four points, one rebound and a block in seven minutes of action. It was a brief first look, but Giles looked solid.