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Gameday: How the well-rested Nets will test the Durant-less Warriors

Gameday: How the well-rested Nets will test the Durant-less Warriors

Roughly 20 hours after winning in Philadelphia, the Warriors on Sunday take their act to Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where they’ll be without Kevin Durant as they try to sweep a back-to-back set for the first time this season.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 2pm, with tipoff scheduled for 3:05pm.

It’s the third back-to-back set of the season for the Warriors (12-4), who have split the first two. This one follows a stirring comeback victory over the 76ers on Saturday and it comes against a Nets team sure to test their endurance.

That test is automatically tougher with Durant, who scored scored 27 points against Philly but will be sidelined Sunday with an ankle sprain.

Brooklyn (6-9) is playing without two guards who figured prominently in their plans, as both Jeremy Lin and D’Angelo Russell are out with injuries.

BETTING LINE:
Warriors by 11

MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. Spencer Dinwiddie. Curry broke out his mini-slump in the third quarter Saturday in Philly, scoring 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-4 from deep. He’ll see plenty of Dinwiddie, whose wingspan approaches 6-9. Starting in place of the injured D’Angelo Russell, Dinwiddie has become a solid catalyst for Brooklyn’s fast-paced offense. His 5.57-1 assist-to-turnover ratio leads all NBA point guards. If he plays exceptionally well, the Nets may have a legitimate chance.

INJURY REPORT:
Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L ankle sprain) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Nets: G Jeremy Lin (ruptured patellar tendon) and G D’Angelo Russell (L knee surgery) are listed as out.

GAME OFFICIALS:
Kane Fitzgerald (crew chief), Ben Taylor and Scott Wall.

LAST 10:
Warriors: 8-2, Nets: 3-7.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors swept two games against Brooklyn in each of the last two seasons and have won 14 of the last 19 overall.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
THE GAS TANK: After expending a lot of energy in wiping out a 24-point second-half deficit against the 76ers, the Warriors now confront the NBA’s most hyperactive team. Brooklyn leads the league in pace for the second consecutive season under coach Kenny Atkinson. The Nets are rested and they want to run. With the Warriors shorthanded and coming off a game on the previous night, Brooklyn will push at every opportunity.

TRUST THE D: The Nets rank second in field-goal attempts but 25th in field-goal percentage and 26th in 3-point percentage. They rely on volume to stay in games, and sometimes it’s enough. The Warriors, with the exception of the first half on Saturday, have tightened their defense and now rank fifth in defensive rating. They may have to go deep into the bench, but they’re defense should hold up.

THE GLASS WAR: On sheer rebounding numbers the Warriors and Nets are about equal, thanks largely to Brooklyn ranking second behind Phoenix in both field-goal attempts and missed shots. Where the Warriors separate is in rebounding percentage, where they rank sixth and Brooklyn is 25th. If the Warriors can stay even on the glass against a team that also is comfortable playing “small,” it likely will be enough to put them over the top.

Steph Curry makes sizable donation to Web.com Tour player whose wife is battling cancer

Steph Curry makes sizable donation to Web.com Tour player whose wife is battling cancer

Steph Curry may have finished in last place at the Ellie Mae Classic last week, but that didn't stop him from doing something thoughtful for a player on the Web.com Tour.

During a press conference after he finished the second round at TPC Stonebrae in Hayward, Curry revealed that he made a $25,000 donation to the GoFundMe page for Jenn Harrington, the wife of Web.com Tour player Scott Harrington, who is battling Hodgkins Lymphoma.

"I was made aware of Scott Harrington, who is a professional Web.com Tour (player), who has taken a leave (of absence) to be with his wife who is battling cancer. I can't put into words the thoughts and feelings around what their family is going through. I had a chance to talk to him on the phone this morning and let him know that as part of my participation in the tournament this year, that I was going to donate $25,000 to the GoFundMe page that's there to support his family as his wife is battling. The Ellie Mae Tournament is donating $15,000 as well," Curry told reporters in Hayward last week.

According to the Harrington's GoFundMe page, here's what Jenn has had to endure:

"In August of 2017, Jenn was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, then deemed free and clear in December of the same year. On May 11, 2018, doctors informed her the cancer had returned, and that Jenn would have to endure an intense chemotherapy program for two to three months, eventually undergoing a bone marrow transplant to hopefully rid herself of the cancer for good. In turn, Scott has applied for a Special Medical/Family Crisis Extension from the Web.com Tour so that he can be with Jenn during her courageous battle, putting his chase for a PGA TOUR card on hold to be with her."

Bob Myers reveals more details about DeMarcus Cousins signing, 'that's when I knew it was real'

Bob Myers reveals more details about DeMarcus Cousins signing, 'that's when I knew it was real'

You already know some specifics about how DeMarcus Cousins ended up signing with the Warriors.

But there is more to the story.

Over the weekend, Golden State GM Bob Myers discussed how it all went down and what he was thinking as he spoke with Cousins' agent, Jarinn Akana.

"It was early in the morning -- I spoke to his agent. We had been preserving our taxpayer mid-level exception for somebody that might fall through the cracks and not get paid in a very tight free agency market," Myers explained to Greg Papa and Bonta Hill on 95.7 The Game. "But mostly we were thinking wings. I figured if something like that were to happen it would happen July 8th, 9th, 10th.

"But we got the call and I just said, 'Look. We don't have anything more,' because we've talked about other high-level free agents and the thought from their agent was, 'Can you do a sign-and-trade? Can you get to a bigger number?' And I kind of said, 'Look, our roster is what it is. To move that many pieces around, to create $10 million in room, or $15 (million), it's just prohibitive, I don't want to waste your time.'

"So I thought that's where the conversation was going ... and I said to him, 'We don't have the money that you're probably commanding out there.' And this is the moment it became real -- he said, 'We understand what you have.' And I said, 'Well we only have the taxpayer mid-level.' And then when he said, 'I know,' that's when I knew it was real.

"They were very serious about it and they never really wavered."

Cousins will make $5,337,000 next season and become an unrestricted free agent next July.

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