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Draymond Green explains how SoulCycle classes help him stay NBA ready

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Draymond Green explains how SoulCycle classes help him stay NBA ready

On the Warriors’ days off, Draymond Green likes to flush his legs out in a room with candles and strangers by pedaling in Bay Area SoulCycle classes.

“You walk out feeling sweaty, feeling good like you got a workout in, but it doesn’t put much strain on the body," Green said. "Sometimes it’s good to get away from the game of basketball or the typical weight room.”

SoulCycle is a spin class, typically done in a dark room with upbeat, throbbing music. A class is 45 minutes of heart-pounding cardio.

“You’re working out with a different group of people, you’re all on rhythm, trying to stay on the beat with each other," Green said. "When you add music to a workout, it’s fun. I do it a lot with my fiancée, and we have a good time. We sit next to each other. She’s really good at it.”

Green’s enjoyment of the classes made Warriors teammates DeMarcus Cousins and Jordan Bell curious to join. 

How does Cousins at 6-foot-11 and 270 pounds fit on a stationary bike?

“They have extended handlebars to make the bike a little more suitable for us,” Green said with a laugh.

The height of the seat is adjustable, too.

Cousins did some classes with Green when he was rehabbing his Achilles tendon injury. Bell did SoulCycle a lot during the offseason in Los Angeles, and he scatters in some classes now.

“Draymond introduced me to SoulCycle, I think when I got drafted," Bell said. "All the time in the summer, I did it. Monday, Wednesday, Friday. I make sure my heart rate is always up. And the recovery ... my legs feel so much better after I do it.”

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Green believes SoulCycle classes could become an NBA trend.

“I think if more guys tried it, it would be a lot bigger," Green said. "It’s a great workout, especially in the summer. Do a little SoulCycle, and you come back and you’re not in as bad of shape as you would have been. At that point, you can get basketball shape back easy.”

Sources: Warriors' Steph Curry has surgery to remove pins from hand

Sources: Warriors' Steph Curry has surgery to remove pins from hand

The second surgery Steph Curry knew he needed on his broken left hand has happened.

Curry had surgery Friday to remove the pins that had been inserted in his hand, NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock confirmed through league sources.

The Athletic's Shams Charania was first to report news of Curry's surgery.

This procedure doesn't come as a surprise. Curry told the media on Nov. 11 that he would need a second surgery at some point in December, and last Friday, he told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that the surgery would happen within a week or two.

Curry is still on track to be re-evaluated Feb. 1.

The two-time MVP suffered the injury against the Suns on Oct. 30. In 19 games without Curry, the Warriors are 3-16.

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Missing at least four months has been tough on Curry, as he told Poole last Friday.

“It’s just hardest on your competitive spirit,” Curry said. “When you get around basketball and get around the locker room with the guys, that’s the part I miss the most. And I love to play.

“Three months is -- and I’d only played three-and-a-half games -- just weird. It’s unfamiliar territory. I’m enjoying the downtime, because it was unheard of, in my experience, in the middle of a season. It’s just weird.”

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

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

Wins have been hard to come by for the transitional Warriors this season. But a stop in Chicago to close out the road trip could change their fortunes. 

The matchup comes at a particularly perilous time for the Warriors, who have lost the last four games by an average of just over 15 points. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports begins at 4:00 p.m. PT, with tipoff scheduled for 5:00 p.m. from the United Center.

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While losses have come at a high rate for the Warriors recently, they beat the Bulls handily last month with Stephen Curry and D'Angelo Russell out of the lineup. With Russell back from a hand injury, a season sweep of Chicago remains in play. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Eric Paschall
F Draymond Green
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Glenn Robinson III
G D'Angelo Russell

Bulls
C Wendell Carter Jr.
F Lauri Markkanen
F Kris Dunn
G Zach LaVine
G Tomas Satoransky

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: Stephen Curry (Left-hand fracture), Jacob Evans (Left adductor strain), Damion Lee (Fractured right hand), Alen Smailagic (G-League Assignment), Klay Thompson (Left knee rehabilitation) are out. D'Angelo Russell (Left finger sprain) is probable. 

Bulls: Cristiano Felicio (Right wrist fracture), Chandler Hutchison (Right shoulder sprain), Adam Mokoka (G-League two-way), Otto Porter, Jr. (Left foot, bone bruise), Max Strus (G-League two-way), Thaddeus Young (personal reason) is out.  

ROTATION

Warriors: Russell returned to the lineup Wednesday, scoring a team-high 18 points, two rebounds and two assists in a loss to Charlotte ... The Warriors have used 12 different starting lineups through 23 games, and have lost their last four games by a combined 61 points ... Golden State enters Friday's matchup with the league's worst defense, giving up more than 114.7 points per game ... However, rookie forward Eric Paschall continues to shine, averaging 18.7 points per game over his last 12 outings.

Bulls: Despite controversy between its head coach and players, Chicago has won two straight games ... Guard Zach Lavine has been fantastic, averaging 22.5 points, four rebounds, and 3.9 assists, including a game-winning shot against Charlotte last month ... The Bulls defense leads the NBA in forcing 18.3 turnovers per game. 

Officials: Eric Lewis (Crew Chief), Gediminas Petraitis, Lauren Holtkamp