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Kerr updates status of Durant, Livingston after ankle injuries in Game 3 win

Kerr updates status of Durant, Livingston after ankle injuries in Game 3 win

The Warriors are already dealing with Steph Curry's injury. And then they held their breath with two other players in nearly back-to-back plays in Game 3 Thursday night against the Spurs. 

Kevin Durant and Shaun Livingston both left the game early after rolling their left ankle. Durant exited the game with 4:36 remaining and Livingston headed to the locker room at the 4:03 mark. 

"I think they're going to be okay," Steve Kerr said to reporters after the win in San Antonio. "Shaun's was probably a little worse than Kevin's. Both sprained ankles. I think they'll be alright." 

Going after a loose ball with Patty Mills playing tight defense, you can see Durant injure his ankle below: 

The Warriors' star forward told the following to ESPN's Chris Haynes: 

Durant led all scorers with 26 points. Livingston's 16 points were third on the Warriors Thursday and tied his season high.

Ron Adams pinpoints where Warriors need to improve most on defense

Ron Adams pinpoints where Warriors need to improve most on defense

Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams no longer sits on the bench during games, but he still has a very important job.

The 72-year-old is a defensive guru, so it must be painful for him to see Golden State at No. 25 in defensive rating.

"We gotta get much better defending the 3-point shot -- that's kind of been a sticking point," Adams told Warriors radio voice Tim Roye prior to the Dubs' loss to the Grizzlies on Monday night. "But we now have more players, which helps.

"But it's really tough when you're on the road with eight or nine guys."

Well, speaking of defending the arc and losing to Memphis -- the Grizzlies went 15-for-40 (37.5 percent) from deep. They entered the game at 34.2 percent (No. 24), averaging 10.8 makes per game (No. 22).

But it wasn't a surprise to see Memphis connect from 3-point territory because the Warriors entered the matchup with the worst 3-point defense in the NBA, allowing opponents to make just under 40 percent of their attempts.

That's really, really bad -- especially when you give up the second most makes per contest (13.8).

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And it's not like the Dubs suffered bad luck against Memphis:

If they don't clean up this area of the game, the rough season only will get uglier.

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How Warriors' standings position affects 2020 NBA Draft Lottery odds

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How Warriors' standings position affects 2020 NBA Draft Lottery odds

Editor's note: Grant Liffmann (@grantliffmann) is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders, which airs on NBC Sports Bay Area an hour after every game. Each week, Grant will drop his Outsider Observations on the State of the Dubs.

The big dilemma that Warriors fans are facing right now is whether or not they want to see the team win for immediate satisfaction, or lose for the purpose of long-term success.

To many, the pros outweigh the cons to see the Warriors finish at the bottom of the standings in order to get a high -- if not the highest -- draft pick. With one of the top selections, the Warriors could trade for a star player or draft a prospect who they think will carry them into the next decade once Steph Curry and the current core retire.

Unlike baseball or football, the 14 teams that miss the playoffs take part in a draft lottery, rather than picking strictly based on the worst to best record. After some changes to the lottery structure beginning in last year's draft, the worst record in the NBA no longer solely has the best odds to win the No. 1 pick. The odds to land the top slot goes as follows:

Worst record: 14 percent
Second-worst record: 14 percent
Third-worst: 14 percent
Fourth-worst: 12.5 percent
Fifth-worst: 10.5 percent
Sixth-worst: 9 percent
Seventh-worst: 7.5 percent
Eighth-worst: 6 percent
Ninth-worst: 4.5 percent
10th-worst: 3 percent
11th-worst: 2 percent
12th-worst: 1.5 percent
13th-worst: 1 percent
14th-worst: 0.5 percent

Finishing with the fourth-, fifth- or sixth-worst sill has solid odds in comparison to the bottom three. It's very possible that's where the Warriors (5-20) end up, despite currently owning the NBA's second-worst record. 

The New York Knicks (4-19) and Cleveland Cavaliers (5-18) continue to struggle, while the Atlanta Hawks (6-17) and Memphis Grizzlies (7-16) both will finish at the bottom of the standings despite boasting a lot of young talent. The Washington Wizards (7-15), Chicago Bulls (8-17) and Zion Williamson-less New Orleans Pelicans (6-18) have all underwhelmed, and the Warriors are going to be in this mix if their slow start is any indication.

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The Warriors are getting healthier, however, which should help them compete and potentially even surprise a few teams. While that might disappoint the fans that desperately want the team to finish with the best odds at the top pick, plenty are looking for entertainment and competitive basketball should be encouraged.

But at the end of the season, the Warriors likely are going to finish at, or near, the bottom of the standings, and their odds of landing the top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft will be high.