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How Steve Kerr plans to use new Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein

How Steve Kerr plans to use new Warriors center Willie Cauley-Stein

The Warriors will look like a brand-new team when they take the floor for the inaugural regular-season game at Chase Center this October. Many of the faces Bay Area fans had become familiar with seeing on a nightly basis -- including Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, and Shaun Livingston -- will not be lining the bench alongside head coach Steve Kerr.

Among the bevy of new faces representing the Dubs on the court is center Willie Cauley-Stein. After signing a contract with the Warriors this offseason, the big man will be counted on to fill an important role for Golden State as a reserve. 

Steve Kerr recently joined Warriors Insider Monte Poole on his podcast and spoke about how the Kentucky product will fit in with the team's new rotation.

"He's really mobile. He gives us the lob threat that really only JaVale McGee has given us in the five years I've been here in that five spot," said Kerr.

Cauley-Stein was sixth in the NBA a season ago with 182 dunks, finishing one spot behind McGee, who had 201 with the Los Angeles Lakers. 

Kerr also spoke about the favorable combination of having two centers with different skillsets, allowing Golden State to more effectively attack matchups in the post.

"Willie reminds of JaVale in terms of his speed and capabilities. He gives us a nice counter to [Kevon Looney]," said Kerr.

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With a projected backcourt of Steph Curry and D'Angelo Russell, Cauley-Stein should have ample opportunity to catch lob passes both on the fast break and on drives to the basket by the talented guards.

It's likely the Warriors will opt to start Looney -- a guy who's been in the Warriors system since being drafted in 2015 -- but there will be a significant need for help in the frontcourt, especially in regard to rim protection.

Warriors vs. Jazz live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

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Warriors vs. Jazz live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

On Wednesday night, it'll be the Warriors' final chance to avoid a winless season against the Utah Jazz. It will be a difficult task for Golden State.

The last time the Warriors went 0-4 in the regular season against the Jazz was during the 2001-02 season. And the last time any team took four games away from the Warriors was during the 2013-14 season, when the San Antonio Spurs did so.

The Jazz have won 17 of their last 19 games, have been dominant on the road recently and don't have any new injuries reported.

The Warriors have lost 11 of the last 12 games this season and will dress only nine players.

Here’s how to watch Wednesday night’s Warriors-Jazz game:

When: Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:00 p.m. PT, pregame begins at 6:00 p.m.
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams App

Live stream all your Warriors games and get the latest news and analysis on the MyTeams App.

Warriors vs. Utah Jazz watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

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Warriors vs. Utah Jazz watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- It has been six years since the Warriors were swept in a four-game season series. That will change Wednesday night if they can’t overcome the Utah Jazz.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 p.m., with tipoff from Chase Center scheduled for 7.

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The last team to take four games from the Warriors was the San Antonio Spurs, who accomplished the feat in 2013-14, when Stephen Curry was a first-time starter in the All-Star Game and Mark Jackson was in his last season as coach. And two of those games were two-point losses.

The Warriors won 12 of their first 18 games against the Jazz under coach Steve Kerr before losing the first three this season by an average margin of 8.7 points. Golden State (10-35) have lost 11 of its last 12 games overall.

The Jazz (30-13) have gone the other way, winning 12 of their last 13 and going an NBA-best 17-2 since Dec. 9. Unlike previous seasons, when Utah relied on its defense, it’s the offense leading the way. The Jazz’s offensive rating since then (117.6) is tops in the league by a wide margin over the second-place Denver Nuggets.

To have a chance of avoiding a winless season against the Jazz, the Warriors must be at their absolute best Wednesday.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Jazz

F – Royce O’Neale
F – Bojan Bogdonovic
C – Rudy Gobert
G – Joe Ingles
G – Donovan Mitchell

Warriors

F – Glenn Robinson III
F – Draymond Green
C – Willie Cauley-Stein
G – Damion Lee
G – D’Angelo Russell

INJURY REPORT

Jazz: No injuries reported. F Jarrell Brantley, G Miye Oni, G Nigel Williams-Goss and G Justin Wright-Foreman are on assignment with the G League's Salt Lake Stars. 

Warriors: G Jacob Evans (concussion) is listed as questionable. G Stephen Curry (left-hand fracture), C/F Kevon Looney (left abdominal soreness) and G Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) are listed as out. G Ky Bowman and F/C Alen Smailagic are on assignment with the G League's Santa Cruz Warriors.

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ROTATION OUTLOOK

Jazz: Gobert has been coping with a mild ankle sprain but was not listed on the afternoon injury report. He’s having a superb season, averaging 15.4 points (68 percent shooting), 14.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. ... Mitchell is the team’s top scorer (24.7 points per game) and is shooting 38.5 percent from beyond the arc in January. ... Though Mike Conley returned Saturday after missing 14 games with hamstring tightness, he has been used as a reserve with limited minutes. He scored 14 points in 18 minutes Saturday in a win over the Indiana Pacers. ... G Jordan Clarkson, acquired from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Christmas Eve, has provided offensive punch off the bench. Though 13 games with the Jazz, he’s averaging 14.8 points, shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 34.7 percent from beyond the arc, in 25.2 points per game. He is filling the role of Sixth Man vacated by Ingles, who entered starting lineup when Conley was injured. ... Utah leads the NBA in 3-point percentage. at 38.8. Reserve F Georges Niang (44.0), O’Neale (43.3), Ingles (41.8) and Bogdanovic (41.4) are all above 40 percent.

Warriors: After dressing only nine players -- including the ailing Green, who did not play but is expected to Wednesday -- Monday, the return of Glenn Robinson III and possibly Evans, who participated in the morning shootaround, could bump the roster to 11. ... G/F Alec Burks has scored in double figures in 25 of the last 27 games, averaging 17.2 ppg over that span, during which he made 12 starts. ... G Jordan Poole’s streak of games in which he scored in double figures ended at four Monday, when he totaled nine points on 2-of-11 shooting. He averaged 15.3 points per game in the previous four games, shooting 43.1 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from deep. ... F Eric Paschall over the last six games averaged 16.3 points per game while shooting 53.3 percent. ... The Warriors are No. 2 in free-throw percentage at 81.1 behind the Portland Trail Blazers (81.2), and Golden State is on pace to shoot at least 80 percent from the line for the third consecutive season. ... The last time the Warriors went 0-4 in the regular season against the Jazz was 2001-02, when Golden State finished with a 21-61 record.

Officials: David Guthrie (crew chief), Scott Twardoski, Jacyn Goble.