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Damion Lee bids for final Warriors roster spot, breaks out vs. 76ers

Damion Lee bids for final Warriors roster spot, breaks out vs. 76ers

Holding onto a single roster vacancy all season, the Warriors came away from the NBA buyout market with empty hands, which might not be as bad as it seems.

They have someone on the roster who might be able to fill that final roster spot.

Damion Lee, the two-way wing familiar to many fans through being Stephen Curry’s brother-in-law, is making a bid. His performance Saturday can only help.

Playing 26 minutes off the bench, Lee scored 12 points, draining four 3-pointers in five attempts. His plus-13 finish in a 120-117 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers was the best among all Warriors.

Not bad for a guy who has spent most of the season with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors.

“He has confidence, he’s been playing amazing down in Santa Cruz,” Curry told reporters at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on Saturday. “It’s just a matter of him getting that opportunity. And tonight, or nights like tonight, he took full advantage of it. It was fun to watch, fun to see. I’m sure more of that to come.”

Lee’s performance was as timely as it was vital. With starting shooting guard Klay Thompson out of the lineup, the Warriors needed a third perimeter threat to go along with Kevin Durant and Curry.

Alfonzo McKinnie, who assumed Thompson’s spot in the starting lineup, was pulled early and did not play in the second half, when the Warriors began the comeback that earned the win.

Lee, 26, started the third quarter and scored nine points on three triples as the Warriors outscored Philly 38-23.

“That’s what they brought me here for, my shooting ability, being able to space the floor,” Lee told KGO-TV after the game. “I’m long, athletic and (able to) play defense.”

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In scanning the market to fill the final roster spot, the Warriors have expressed a preference for two types of players: A big man, capable of defending the paint behind DeMarcus Cousins, and a wing capable of scoring.

At 6-foot-6, Lee is the latter. The husband of the former Sydel Curry spent his first three collegiate seasons at Drexel in Philadelphia before transferring to Louisville for his senior season.

“I think he went to the (Drexel) gym to watch their game this afternoon, watch a little bit of it and got some feel-goods,” Curry said. “Took his wife over there, see where he came from and showed out on the court tonight with the opportunity to help us win.”

The Warriors need a reserve that can score. Lee did it in a high-profile game. Put his résumé at the top of the stack.

Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors have made a habit of beating the Kings in recent years, but that trend could change Sunday afternoon as the two teams match up for the first time this season.

Entering Sunday's game, the Warriors have won the last five meetings, sweeping last year’s season series. However, the Kings (11-14) are the team with postseason aspirations, while the Warriors (5-22) are NBA draft lottery-bound with most of their All-Stars out injured. 

[RELATED: How to watch Warriors vs. Kings online, on TV]

Before the game, Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave an update on Eric Paschall's status.

Coverage begins on NBC Sports Bay Area at 4:30 p.m. and tipoff is scheduled for 5:40. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS 

Warriors
F TBA
F Draymond Green
C WIllie Cauley-Stein
G D'Angelo Russell
G Glenn Robinson III

Kings
G Cory Joseph
G Buddy Hield
C Richaun Holmes
F Nemanja Bjelica
F Harrison Barnes

INJURY REPORT

Kings: Kyle Guy (G League assignment) and DaQuan Jeffries (G League assignment) are out. De'Aaron Fox (left ankle sprain) is doubtful. 

Warriors: Ky Bowman (G League assignment), Stephen Curry (left-hand fracture), Alen Smailagic (G League assignment, Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation) and Eric Paschall (left hip soreness) are out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: D'Angelo Russell will play against Luke Walton -- his former coach with the Los Angeles Lakers -- on Sunday afternoon, and Russell is building a healthy résumé. In 15 games, he's averaging 22.4 points and 6.1 assists, leading the battered Warriors in scoring. Alec Burks has scored in double figures in his last nine appearances. However, the Warriors defense still needs work, as Golden State is giving up 114.2 points per game. Former King Willie Cauley-Stein should get the start against his former team, something he seems excited about. 

Kings: Sharpshooter Buddy Hield is coming off one of his best games of the season, scoring 34 points and grabbing 12 rebounds against the New York Knicks on Friday evening. Over his last 10 games, Hield is averaging 26.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 assists. Despite losing Fox to an ankle injury last month, the Kings have inched into the postseason picture and entered Sunday seventh in the Western Conference. However, the Kings haven't won a game against the Warriors on the road since March 2018. 

OFFICIALS: Josh Tiven (No. 58, crew chief), Bill Kennedy (No. 55), Derek Richardson (No. 63) 

Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

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Warriors vs. Kings live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

It'll be a battle of the Northern California teams as the Warriors host the Kings in San Francisco on MyTeams Day.

The Warriors hope to turn things around while they hold the worst record in the NBA. Perhaps a "turnaround" is overzealous and is not the right term, but something needs to change. 

On the other side of the ball, the Kings are coming off a tough loss to the Knicks on Friday which stopped a three-game winning streak.

The MyTeams festivities are extra special on Sunday with the Holiday Edition and the team is ready:

When: Sunday, Dec. 15, at 5:30 p.m. PT -- pregame coverage begins at 4:30 p.m.
TV Channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live Stream: MyTeams App