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Gameday: All eyes in the backcourt as Warriors welcome Wizards

Gameday: All eyes in the backcourt as Warriors welcome Wizards

OAKLAND -- Still in search of a complete game, the Warriors will chase it once more Friday night when they face the Washington Wizards at Oracle Arena.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.

The Warriors (3-2) will be without backup point guard Shaun Livingston, who is out of town on a personal matter.

Though they lead the league field-goal percentage (51.1), the Warriors have not defended at the level they are accustomed to and have fallen behind or blown double-digit leads in every game this season.

The Wizards (3-1) opened the season with three consecutive wins before losing to the Lakers on Wednesday night Los Angeles.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 12

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. John Wall. This is always, always a captivating duel, the most memorable being the shootout in DC on Feb. 3, 2016, when Curry went for 51 and Wall for 41 in a 134-121 Warriors win. Curry declined to comment Thursday when asked about former All-Star Paul Pierce ranking him behind Wall on the list of current point guards. Expect the two-time MVP bring all the edge he needs.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G Shaun Livingston (personal) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with G-League Santa Cruz.

Wizards: C Ian Mahinmi (L ankle sprain) is listed as questionable. G/F Sheldon Mac (L Achilles surgery) and F Markieff Morris (sports hernia surgery) are listed as out.

SERIES HISTORY

The teams split the two-game series last season. The Warriors have won 11 of the last 13 meetings and 15 of the last 20.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

SMOKING SCOREBOARD: The Warriors have yet to rediscover the defensive mindset that served them so well last season; they rank 18th in field-goal percentage defense. The Wizards simply are short of terrific defensive players, which explains why they’re 25th in the same category. Unless habits change, 250 points is conceivable.

HOT KLAY: Klay Thompson is off to perhaps the best start of his career: 21.2 points (51.9-percent shooting, 46.5 percent from deep). He’ll compete against Bradley Beal, arguably the top shooting guard in East. Thompson has the longest active streak of games with at least one 3-pointer (59) and will continue donating $1,000 per point toward North Bay fire relief efforts. He needs 40 points to reach the 9,000-point mark for his career.

THE CHARITY STRIPE: The Wizards lead the league in made free throws and rank third in free throw attempts. Their propensity for drawing fouls could help them, as the Warriors have had difficulty avoiding needless fouls. The issue has been addressed, but expect their discipline to be challenged.

Top 10 takeaways from the Warriors Outsiders' tour of the Chase Center

Top 10 takeaways from the Warriors Outsiders' tour of the Chase Center

Earlier this week, we were lucky enough to join in on an exclusive tour of the Chase Center with the entire Warriors basketball operations staff.

Joe Lacob, Bob Myers, Steve Kerr, Kirk Lacob and many others put on a hard hat and boots to check out the future home of the franchise.

Here were some of our takeaways from the experience:

1) They have thought of everything, and one key focus is transportation. Brandon Schneider -- the Warriors' Chief Revenue Officer -- showed us via detailed models and simulations exactly how long it will take fans from all over the Bay Area to arrive at the arena (whether you drive or use public transit). The reality is that getting to Chase Center won't take nearly as long as some people may think. In fact -- even for certain fans coming from the East Bay -- the commute will only be a few minutes longer than it currently takes to get to Oracle Arena. Specifically for those who will take BART from the East Bay, your route will be to get off at Powell and then hop on a Muni bus (which you will board below ground) that will drop you off right in front of the arena on 3rd Street. The Muni project is expected to be completed in December 2019 -- two months after the start of the season. The Warriors will have some underground parking beneath the arena, but the area is also littered with lots that take no longer than 10 minutes to walk to and from (How do we know that? They walked it and timed it just for you).

2) People who own season tickets at Oracle are buying up season tickets at Chase Center at an historic rate. Nearly 80 percent of fans who have attended an appointment at the Chase Center Experience (you have to do this, it's awesome) have purchased season tickets. Historically, teams have seen a renewal of 60-65 percent when migrating fans to a new building.

3) The suites are... really sweet. Dumb pun, we know (that was all Grant), but don't let that take away from the extravagance of the luxury suites. They are bigger, newer, fancier and there are more of them than before. 

4) Andre Iguodala was the lone Warriors player who joined in on the tour. Yes, he played a lot of golf this summer and his best round may or may not have been 75...

5) We look stupid in hard hats and construction gear. But the guys working on the arena don't, and they are doing a helluva job staying efficient yet safe. In fact, we were told they have had the least amount of injuries ever for a project that big.

6) There will be lots of bars and lounges for fans to enjoy, scattered throughout the arena. The concourses will be bigger, the food will be better, and there is a really cool open lobby in the entry way with a ticket office that resembles a hotel concierge, rather than bank tellers. You won't have your ticket scanned immediately upon entering the building, so you can hang out in the lobby if you are waiting for friends to arrive or if it's raining.

7) The last completely privately funded NBA arena was built for the Utah Jazz in 1991 for about $90 million. The Chase Center will be a little more than that. And by a little, we mean a ton.

8) The Chase Center sits between 3rd Street and what is now South Street. But that won't be the case for much longer. South Street will become "Warriors Way." When it was mentioned that the full address may be "1 Warriors Way," Iguodala quietly suggested "30 Warriors Way." Hmmmmm, not a bad suggestion.

9)  Holy s***, the Chase Center is going to be amazing.

10) We talked with Bob Myers and Steve Kerr and here is some of what they had to say:

-Myers: "Joe and the whole crew from the get go were very inclusive as far as what's most important to us. We're not picking out the color of the walls or the seats. But for us, it started out that we wanted two practice courts -- two NBA full courts with the hopes of having at least six baskets. The more baskets, the more space, is better ... easy ingress and egress out of the building for players. You don't want to have a practice facility where guys are so burdened in getting there that they just say, 'I'm not going to the facility. I don't want to workout.' It has to be easy for them to get from the practice facility into the arena, into the weight room, into their locker room -- so just the ease of use really."

-Kerr: "I was here like a year ago and it was kind of a big hole in the ground, and most guys haven't been here since. It's great to see the progress but it's also a reminder that our lives are gonna change and pretty much everybody on the coaching staff is gonna have to move. Sometimes that is exciting and sometimes that's unnerving -- probably a little of both. We're all just sort of watching this thing go up in awe and wondering where we are gonna live and how's this all gonna work, but we''ll figure it out."

Kerr also said that although he recently bought a house in San Francisco, he isn't moving in until next summer. So no, he hasn't mapped out his route to the arena just yet...

Quinn Cook revamped his diet this summer, abstained from three things

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Quinn Cook revamped his diet this summer, abstained from three things

In the summer of 2017, Kevon Looney lost 30 pounds.

"I had to change my diet. Andre (Iguodala) was in my ear for two years about it. I finally listened to him and it paid off," Looney said back in March on the Warriors Plus/Minus Podcast.

It appears that Iguodala had an impact on another young Warriors player this summer.

[REWIND: The Warriors Outsiders Podcast with Quinn Cook]

Mark Medina of the Bay Area News Group recently wrote a profile on Quinn Cook, and here's an excerpt:

Although he reported having similar body weight between the end of last season (186 pounds) and entering the 2018-19 campaign (188 pounds), Cook reported feeling “stronger and faster” because of a revamped diet.

After consulting with the Warriors’ training staff and trusted veteran Andre Iguodala, Cook has abstained from all meats, fried foods and sugar in favor of fish, vegetables and lots of water. He shared he has only six percent body fat and “a lot bigger tone.” 

First of all -- six percent body fat is... incredible.

Secondly -- giving up all meats, fried food and sugar sounds... awful.

But I suppose I would make some sacrifices if it meant having a career in the NBA...

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller