Gameday: Expect a lot of Shaun Livingston vs Kemba Walker


Gameday: Expect a lot of Shaun Livingston vs Kemba Walker

UPDATE (3:34pm PT on Wednesday): Warriors forward Draymond Green has been ruled out for the game against the Hornets due to right shoulder soreness.


The Warriors will be without Stephen Curry for at least two weeks, likely more, and will get their first taste of life without their leader on Wednesday, when they face the Hornets at Spectrum Center in Charlotte.

In Curry’s absence, the Warriors (18-6) will lean heavily on backup point guard Shaun Livingston, who has made one start this season in place of Curry. The team also has recalled point guard Quinn Cook from the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

The status of forward Draymond Green was unclear after the morning shootaround and he is listed as questionable.

The Hornets (9-13), who during the offseason added imposing center Dwight Howard, won five of their first eight games but since have lost 10 of 14, including four of their last five.

Warriors by 5

Shaun Livingston/Quinn Cook vs. Kemba Walker: The Curry-Walker battles have always been fun to watch, but the dynamic is dramatically different now. Walker is the catalyst for the Hornets, as he leads the team in scoring (22.7 points per game), assists (6.3) and pure hubris. When he’s good, they have a chance. When he’s not, they’re in trouble. In addition to coping with Livingston and Cook, Walker may also get occasional doses of Klay Thompson. On the other side, Livingston has a six-inch height advantage on Walker.

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Warriors: F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness) was downgraded to out. G Stephen Curry (R ankle sprain) and G Pat McCaw (nose contusion) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Hornets: No injuries listed.

G Quinn Cook has been recalled from the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 8-2. Hornets: 3-7.

Mike Callahan (crew chief), Nick Buchert and CJ Washington.

The Warriors, sweeping the two-game series in each of the past three seasons, have won the last six games in a row. They have won three straight in Charlotte and six of the last nine.

PLAYING STEPHLESSLY: With Curry out, the Warriors must turn to someone else to anchor the offense and most of that will fall on Kevin Durant. The Warriors are 1-1 this season in games without Curry, beating the Magic on Nov. 13 with Livingston starting at the point and losing to the Kings on Nov. 27 with McCaw as the starter. Livingston and Cook will get most of the minutes at point guard on Wednesday.

A SEMBLANCE OF D: The Hornets have finished in the NBA’s bottom five in field-goal percentage in each of the past three seasons and nothing has changed this season. They currently are ranked 26th, at 44.3 percent. This is a team susceptible to wilting under defensive intensity. Will the Warriors bring it?

THE BIGS: Warriors big man Zaza Pachulia missed the game Monday at New Orleans but was cleared for Wednesday night. He’ll be largely responsible for Hornets center Dwight Howard, who is not the force he once was but actually having a solid season, averaging 15.1 points and 12.4 rebounds with 12 double-doubles.

What they're saying: JaVale McGee rounds up Bay Area stars for charity softball game

What they're saying: JaVale McGee rounds up Bay Area stars for charity softball game

With the A's out of town Saturday afternoon, the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum still played a host to a game. A softball game, that is. 

Warriors big man JaVale McGee's JUGLIFE charity put on its fourth annual Water for Life celebrity softball game, featuring his teammates and some of the Bay Area's biggest sports and music stars. 

Andre Iguodala's team beat McGee's, 10-9, and Iguodala took home MVP honors. The two captains even got into an old-school baseball "fight," for good measure.

Klay Thompson makes his triumphant return to China

Klay Thompson makes his triumphant return to China

The sequel is rarely as good as its predecessor, but convention goes out the window when China Klay is involved.

That's right, Klay Thompson is back in China this summer. He made his first stop in Beijing on Saturday, and will spend the next seven days in the country. Here's his itinerary:

June 23 -- Beijing
June 25 -- Jinan
June 26 -- Zhengzhou
June 27 -- Taiyuan
June 28 -- Guiyang
June 30 -- Guangzhou

How many shots will he air ball? Will he only eat smoky foods? Two countries await those answers with baited breath.