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Gameday: Warriors raring for retribution against Bucks

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Gameday: Warriors raring for retribution against Bucks

OAKLAND -– It’s payback time in Oakland.

Six days after their 28-game win streak was snapped in Milwaukee, the Warriors (25-1) will get an opportunity to exact revenge Friday night when the Bucks (10-17) pay a visit to Oracle Arena.

The Warriors have been vocal about their displeasure with Milwaukee, not so much because that’s where the streak was vanquished, but because they felt the degree to which the Bucks gloated seemed gratuitous.

[RELATED: Warriors out for revenge against Bucks, Walton 'all for it']

This time, the defending champs will be seeking to extend their only active win streak, as they have won 29 in a row dating back to last season.

The Bucks might be without their most productive player. Center Greg Monroe, their big free-agent acquisition this summer, sustained a mild knee injury earlier this week that forced him to miss the last two games and could keep him out of action.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 19.

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. Michael Carter-Williams: Curry won’t say much and it’s not likely that he’ll engage in a contest of stares. But he remembers MCW as the symbol of the disproportionate revelry that took place last week in Wisconsin.

That MCW has returned to the starting lineup -– largely as a result of the Bucks making an adjustment in the absence of Monroe –- makes this battle even juicier.

LAST 10

Warriors: 9-1. Bucks: 4-6.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: Forward Harrison Barnes (left ankle sprain) and forward Kevon Looney (hip surgery rehab) are listed as out.

[POOLE: Warriors' Barnes will not play vs Suns, Bucks]

Bucks: Center Greg Monroe (left MCL sprain) is listed as doubtful. Guard Jerryd Bayless (left ankle sprain) and guard Greivis Vasquez (right ankle surgery) are listed as out.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors swept both games in each of the past two seasons but took a 108-95 loss on Dec. 12 at Milwaukee. The Warriors are seeking their first three-game home winning streak over the Bucks since winning five straight between 1989 and 1994.

QUOTABLE

“They played great against us. It’s part of the game. Our guys celebrate all the time out there. But if it affected some of our guys, I’m OK with it. It just means one more reason to be motivated when we go out there and play.”

– Interim Warriors coach Luke Walton on Milwaukee’s exuberance in victory last week

What Warriors' Bob Myers still hopes to learn about NBA draft prospects

What Warriors' Bob Myers still hopes to learn about NBA draft prospects

When the NBA Draft Lottery is held Aug. 20, the Warriors will end up with a top-five pick.

Golden State general manager Bob Myers recently was a guest on ABC7 News Bay Area's "With Authority" podcast, and host Larry Beil went out of his way to express how much he likes Dayton's Obi Toppin.

Needless to say, the two-time NBA Executive of the Year didn't comment specifically on the 6-foot-9 big man. But he did re-emphasize how important face-to-face interaction with a prospect is for someone in his position.

"We don't even know what pick we have. So there's that," Myers said at first. "Secondly, just like when you would hire someone or commit a lot of money to them -- which is what we would be doing with a top-five pick -- I would just like more information.

"We saw some stuff (on film), but we were unable to see anybody in person like we normally would. Hopefully that's a possibility. I don't know. Interview somebody in person. Those are things that matter in some respects, and move the needle one way or the other.

"Really, the hardest thing in all of this is finding out who somebody is. That matters. Even though we all loved Steph Curry at Davidson, I'm not sure we all knew how unique of a human being he was ... I don't think anybody knew who he was.

"So when we draft somebody, we really gotta try to figure that out. And we haven't had the chance to do that yet with any guy yet."

And they might never get that opportunity.

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Myers and coach Steve Kerr have been able to converse with potential draft targets via Zoom. But because of the restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, there's a chance the Warriors will pick somebody they have never sat down with up close and personal.

This makes you wonder if the front office will be more inclined to trade the selection, regardless of where it lands.

"I value body language, eye contact and those type of things," Myers said in early June. "Even seeing a guy move within your own gym -- you want to see them. Even if it's 1-on-0. There's value in that.

"And additionally, you're not just hiring someone -- you're guaranteeing them tens of millions of dollars for some of these top picks. The comfort level diminishes the less exposure and interaction you have.

"If it's all virtual, you do the best you can."

[RELATED: Why Warriors GM Myers got Forrest Gump nickname at UCLA]

If all goes according to plan, the draft will be held Oct. 16. But that is subject to change because a lot can happen between then and now.

And Myers is hoping he learns a lot more over the next couple months about the prospects he will be choosing from.

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Steph Curry, Giannis, LeBron James: Warriors Twitter debates NBA's best

Steph Curry, Giannis, LeBron James: Warriors Twitter debates NBA's best

Some of the best, and -- let's be honest -- worst conversations regarding the Warriors reside on social media. Strong voices and opinions of Dub Nation defend or criticize their squad, not afraid to share their thoughts with absolute authority. Many of these personalities live on Twitter, where everyone can be a general manager, coach, critic, troll and hot take artist. Or all at once.

[RELATED: What Kerr learned about Wiggins from Thibodeau]

In the second installment of our Warriors Twitter Roundtable, we look at another major conversation floating around the Warriors Twitter world. Answering the question will be a panel of some of the more prominent and revered voices within the community.

If Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kawhi Leonard, Steph Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, James Harden, Anthony Davis, Joel Embiid, Damian Lillard and Luka Doncic are completely healthy next season and playing at the top of their current abilities, who would be your top five players in the NBA?

@poormanscommish: I generally don’t like to throw any guys under the bus by leaving them out of rankings, or doing comparisons and whatnot, but okay: Steph, Giannis, LeBron, KD, and Kawhi. Hopefully, Dame never reads this!

@samesfandiari: Oh! This is tough. The hedge answer is "They are all great" but with that said, my list would be (In no order): Steph, KD, LBJ, Giannis, Kawhi. Steph, LBJ and Giannis are 3 best players to build a system around. Kawhi and KD are best all-around players, best 1 v 1, etc. They are all great but until I see one of these five drops off, they are my list.

@Jannelle12: Completely healthy and playing at the top of their abilities, I have in no particular order: Steph, Kawhi, KD, Giannis, LeBron

@AndyKHLiu: Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron, Kawhi and Giannis. You could put those in any order but that would be one through five for me. At their current abilities and what they've shown not only throughout a regular season but postseason, these would be the five I trust in a must-win game and series. Anthony Davis and James Harden both have cases above Giannis, one could argue, but their resumes are simply as strong as the upcoming 2-time MVP.

My take (@grantliffmann): Rarely do you see a uniform consensus, but here we are. In no particular order, I'd go Curry, Durant, Leonard, Antetokounmpo and James are viewed by the panel as the top five players in the NBA right now if fully healthy. Four of the five are proven NBA champions, and the fifth is most likely a back-to-back MVP. In my eyes, Harden and Davis just miss the cut as the next best in the league. Yet, when fully healthy and playing at the top of his game, Embiid is a player that has the size and talent to make the leap into the top five. Perhaps he will need a change of scenery or new circumstances in Philadelphia, but his abilities on both ends of the floor are what intrigue me the most.

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