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Ahead of first game, Matt Barnes delivers message to Warriors fans

Ahead of first game, Matt Barnes delivers message to Warriors fans

Hours after Kevin Durant's knee injury, reports that the Warriors would sign Matt Barnes began to surface.

On Thursday morning, Golden State officially inked the soon-to-be 37-year old.

Following shootaround, Barnes posted a message to Warriors fans through the team's Twitter account:

"Dub Nation, what up, it's Matt Barnes. I'm here -- back -- blessed, honored. Can't wait to earn your guys' respect and help this team win a championship."

Barnes averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for the 2006-07 "We Believe" Warriors.

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He registered 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in Golden State's series-clinching Game 6 win over the No. 1 seed Dallas Mavericks in the opening round of the playoffs.

"This is the last place my mom saw me play before she died of cancer," Barnes told reporters on Thursday. "A lot of special memories and relationships I built here. And it's just great to be back."

Warriors vs. Spurs live stream: Watch NBA game live on MyTeams

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Warriors vs. Spurs live stream: Watch NBA game live on MyTeams

After falling to the Mavericks on Saturday, the Warriors are looking to avoid their first three-game losing trip on the road under Steve Kerr.

The Warriors (12-5) and Spurs (7-7) have both battled injuries this season. Both teams are usually atop the standings, but it hasn't been quite as easy this year. Once again, the Warriors will be without Draymond Green and Steph Curry. 

Can the Warriors overcome drama and injuries in San Antonio? We're about to find out.

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Spurs, as well as the pregame and postgame coverage, live online. 

When: Sunday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. PT (pregame show at 3 p.m.)
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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 they project unwavering confidence, alarms are ringing around the Warriors. 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 o’clock with Warriors Pregame, and tipoff at AT&T Center scheduled for 4:05.

The injury-ravaged Warriors (12-5) have lost four of their last six, 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) are also are struggling, losing three straight and five of their last six.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F Kevin Durant
F Jonas Jerebko
C Damian/Kevon
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 (L Achilles’ tendon surgery rehab), G Stephen Curry (L groin strain), F Draymond Green (R toe sprain) and forward Alfonzo McKinnie (L foot soreness) are listed as out.

Spurs: F/C Davis Bertans (concussion protocol), C Pau Gasol (L foot soreness), G Dejounte Murray (R ACL surgery rehab) and G Lonnie Walker (R 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 may 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, shooting guard Damion Lee and Cook had particularly strong games. If Cook doesn’t start, he still could play 20-25 minutes.

Spurs: A roster makeover has given them an different look and partly explains whey coach Gregg Popovich is utilizing more three-guard rotations than usual. Aldridge is the only consistent starter that 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 also contribute an atypically bad defense; San Antonio ranks 25th in field-goal percentage defense.