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Kevon Looney out for Warriors' next two games with abdominal soreness

Kevon Looney out for Warriors' next two games with abdominal soreness

SAN FRANCISCO -- Kevon Looney's season of injury peril continues, as he's expected to miss Golden State's next two games with abdominal soreness, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday afternoon. 

Months removed from being a defensive pillar during the team's championship run, the fifth-year forward has played just 10 games this season, dealing with the effects of a neuropathic condition that's affected his hamstring.

On Thursday, Kerr declined to answer when asked if Looney's latest injury was related to his previous nerve condition. In limited time, he's averaging just 2.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 10.5 minutes, expressing annoyance on his injury woes along the way.

"It's been kind of frustrating," Looney told NBC Sports Bay Area earlier this week. "Being hurt." 

Looney's latest ailment will sideline him for the Warriors upcoming back to back against Phoenix and Dallas starting Friday and his availability for the team's road trip is unknown. 

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While Looney continues to battle injuries, rookie Eric Paschall is listed as questionable for Friday's game with a hip contusion.  

Steve Kerr says 'hope' is Warriors' Steph Curry can return on March 1

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Steve Kerr says 'hope' is Warriors' Steph Curry can return on March 1

SAN FRANCISCO -- Steph Curry's return is right around the corner, and Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Tuesday "the hope" is that the two-time MVP will return in time for Sunday's game against the Washington Wizards. 

"He'll continue to work this week, and we'll make that determination on Saturday whether he'll play on Sunday," Kerr said before the Warriors played the Kings on Tuesday.  

Curry first broke his left hand on Oct. 30 and will be re-evaluated Saturday and sit out against the Suns in Phoenix on the first night of a back-to-back. 

The 31-year-old was cleared for contact Saturday, scrimmaging for the first time since his injury and reaching the latest milestone in his recovery. 

"It was fun," Curry said Saturday. "I've done every rehab drill you can think of, by yourself in a gym trying to work on your conditioning and skill work. And that's all fun, and there's a purpose to it but there's nothing like playing basketball and competing."

Sunday's targeted return date would be the culmination of Curry's rigorous rehabilitation program. Curry underwent his second surgery in December to remove a screw in the second metacarpal, and he said Saturday that he still feels nerve discomfort in his left hand.

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Curry said he still is "getting used to what a new normal is." Nonetheless, Kerr praised the guard's work ethic throughout the process.

"He does that stuff at a level very few people I've ever seen can reach," Kerr said Tuesday. "It's been incredible to watch his shooting routine, his conditioning routine. So he's doing everything possible to prepare himself for his return."

Curry is set to practice on Wednesday and Friday before his scheduled re-evaluation. 

Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors haven't done much winning lately at Chase Center. On Tuesday, they'll hope to break the trend against the Kings.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 p.m. PT with tipoff scheduled for 7:30. Kings coverage begins on NBC Sports California at 7 p.m.

The Warriors have lost six straight games entering Tuesday's matchup, including their last six at Chase Center. In their last matchup against the Kings, the Warriors put together their worst performance of the season, losing by 21 points in a game where both teams committed a combined 57 turnovers on the evening. 

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The contest comes one day after Kobe Bryant's memorial, which was attended by many members of both clubs, including Steph Curry, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Kings coach Luke Walton. 

Tuesday's game is the latest tune-up before Curry returns to the lineup. Curry reportedly will return against the Washington Wizards on March 1. Green, however, will miss his second straight game. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Andrew Wiggins
F Eric Paschall
C Kevon Looney
G Damion Lee
G Jordan Poole

Kings
F Harrison Barnes
F Nemanja Bjelica
C Harry Giles
G Bogdan Bogdanovic
G De'Aaron Fox

INJURY REPORT 

Warriors: Marquese Chriss (Left calf soreness) is questionable. Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation), Steph Curry (left-hand fracture) and Draymond Green (right pelvic contusion) are out. 

Kings: Marvin Bagley III (left foot soreness), Richaun Holmes (right shoulder soreness) are out. 

ROTATION

Warriors: Andrew Wiggins struggled in Sunday's loss, shooting just 3-of-16 from the field. New 10-day player Dragan Bender also struggled, finishing 2-of-8  from the field in 20 minutes. However, Oakland-native Juan Toscano-Anderson scored a career-high 16 points on Sunday.

Toscano-Anderson is coming along nicely since signing for the rest of the season, averaging 7.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his first five games. The Warriors have used 28 starting lineups, which is the most since the 2009-10 season. 

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Kings: Former Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has vowed to not cut his hair until Sacramento gets back to .500. At the moment, the Kings are making a good case for Barnes to visit a barbershop, winning six of their last nine games. De'Aaron Fox has played great since returning from an ankle injury, averaging 21.4 points, 7.3 assists and four rebounds over his last 24 games. 

Officials: Marc Davis (No. 8), Ben Taylor (No. 46), Leon Wood (No. 40)