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Curry adds two Warriors in All-Star Game; Durant on Team LeBron

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Curry adds two Warriors in All-Star Game; Durant on Team LeBron

Team LeBron features seven players from the East and five players from the West, with seven frontcourt players and five guards.  Team Stephen showcases seven players from the West and five players from the East, with seven guards and five frontcourt players.  The five players in the 2018 NBA All-Star Game who have won the Kia NBA All-Star MVP – Davis (2017), Durant (2012), Irving (2014), James (2006, 2008) and Westbrook (2015, 2016) – are all on Team LeBron.  Durant will go head-to-head against the Warriors’ other three All-Stars in Curry, Green and Thompson.    

During the draft, the eight remaining All-Star Game starters (aside from James and Curry) were selected in the first round.  The 14 reserves were chosen in the second round.  James, as the top overall finisher in fan voting, was awarded the first pick in the first round, while Curry had the first pick of the second round.  The captains alternated picks in each round until all players in that round had been selected. 

With Curry representing the Western Conference in a Western Conference arena, Team Stephen has been designated the home team and was able to choose between wearing black or white uniforms.  Curry selected the black uniforms, and Team LeBron was assigned the white uniforms as the visiting team.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will select the replacement for any player unable to participate in the All-Star Game, choosing a player from the same conference as the player who is being replaced.  Silver’s selection would join the team that drafted the replaced player.  If a replaced player is a starter, the head coach of that team will choose a new starter.   

Team LeBron will be coached by the head coach from the Eastern Conference team with the best record through games played on Sunday, Feb. 4 among the 14 teams with an eligible head coach.  Boston’s Brad Stevens is ineligible because he coached in last year’s All-Star Game.  Team Stephen will be coached by the head coach from the Western Conference team with the best record through Feb. 4 among the 14 teams with an eligible head coach.  Golden State’s Steve Kerr is ineligible because he coached in last year’s game. 

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An unsettling thought for Warriors: Iguodala could miss more than one game

An unsettling thought for Warriors: Iguodala could miss more than one game

OAKLAND -- The Hamptons 5 will not be appearing Tuesday night in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

Warriors forward Andre Iguodala was ruled out two hours before tipoff against the Houston Rockets at Oracle Arena.

About 15 minutes before tip-off, the team announced that Kevon Looney would start in place of Iguodala.

It’s a massive loss for the Warriors, as Iguodala had started the last five games, alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green,

“He’s a great defender,” coach Steve Kerr said of Iguodala, who led all non-guards in assist-to-turnover ratio. “He’s an organizer. He’s a guy who settles us down. He continuously makes the right play. We’ll miss all of that.”

More unsettling for the Warriors, there is no timetable for Iguodala’s return.

“If he was close, he would play,” Kerr said. “He’s injured, so he’s no gonna play. We’ll see what happens in a couple days.”

Iguodala sustained a contusion just below his left knee after a knee-on-knee collision with Rockets star James Harden in the fourth quarter of Game 3 on Sunday. Iguodala left the game shortly afterward and did not return.

He did not practice on Monday, opting for treatment that morning and afternoon, as well as more treatment on Tuesday morning.

Game Result/Schedule
Game 1 Warriors 119, Rockets 106
Game 2 Rockets 127, Warriors 105
Game 3 Warriors 126, Rockets 85
Game 4 Oakland -- Tuesday, May 22nd at 6pm
Game 5 Houston -- Thursday, May 24th at 6pm
Game 6 Oakland -- Saturday, May 26th at 6pm
Game 7 Houston -- Monday, May 28th at 6pm

Andre Iguodala ruled out for Game 4 against Rockets

Andre Iguodala ruled out for Game 4 against Rockets

UPDATE (4:15pm on Tuesday): Andre Iguodala will not play in Game 4, Steve Kerr announced to the media.

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OAKLAND -- Already bracing for a difficult test Tuesday night when they meet the Rockets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals, the Warriors may be forced to make yet another lineup change in their effort to take a commanding 3-1 lead.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area Plus begins at 4 p.m. with Warriors Outsiders, with tipoff at Oracle Arena scheduled for 6 p.m. Pacific.

The Warriors have utilized four different starting lineups this postseason, and a fifth might be needed. It’s possible that Andre Iguodala, who has started 12 of 13 games, including the last five in a row, won’t be available.

Iguodala's status has improved, however, to questionable. He was listed as doubtful on Monday.

[RELATED: Warriors brief: Why Jordan Bell is a candidate to start in place of Andre Iguodala]

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 8.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. James Harden: They won’t be assigned to each other, but no two players are more likely to dictate the outcome of this game. Each has experienced moments both shining and forgettable. Once the Warriors established a lead in Game 3, Curry got behind the wheel and floored it, resulting in a rout. Houston needs a Harden takeover game. Is he up to it?

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Andre Iguodala (L lateral leg contusion) is listed as questionable. G Pat McCaw (lumbar spine contusion) is listed as out.

Rockets: No injuries listed.

GAME OFFICIALS

Mike Callahan, Kane Fitzgerald, Derrick Stafford, Sean Wright (alternate)

THE TALLY

Game 1: Warriors 119, Rockets 106 at Houston Game 2: Rockets 127, Warriors 105 at Houston Game 3: Warriors 126, Rockets 85 at Oakland

ROAD TO THE CONFERENCE FINALS

Warriors: Defeated San Antonio in five games in the first round, defeated New Orleans in five games in the conference semifinals.

Rockets: Defeated Minnesota in five games in the first round, defeated Utah in five games in the conference semifinals.

SERIES HISTORY

The teams met three times in the regular season, with Houston posting a 122-121 win on Oct. 17 at Oakland, the Warriors taking a 124-114 victory on Jan. 4 at Houston and the Rockets prevailing, 116-108, on Jan. 20 in Houston. The Warriors have won 12 of the last 15 meetings in the regular season.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE LINEUP: If Iguodala is out, the Warriors have three viable options. Going with Kevon Looney at center seems most likely, but it’s possible Nick Young will make his third start of the postseason. The third option is Jordan Bell, who is inexperienced but the best physical matchup with Rockets big man Clint Capela.

THE START: When the Warriors went ahead late in the first quarter of Game 3, with the crowd roaring at ear-splitting levels, the Rockets cracked a little more each minute. Down nine after one quarter, they never got closer than seven after that. The second half score, 72-42, is indicative of a team that lost its resolve.

WARRIORS D: The Warriors were disciplined in Game 3, during which their defense alternated from sound to terrific. They forced 20 turnovers and limited Houston’s top three scorers to 16-of-45 shooting from the field, including 6-of-22 from beyond the arc. Similar success would practically assure a victory.