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NBA Gameday: All eyes on Curry and Wall as Warriors take on Wizards

NBA Gameday: All eyes on Curry and Wall as Warriors take on Wizards

OAKLAND -- The Warriors would like to forget the last time they saw the Washington Wizards, for not only did they lose the game but they also lost Kevin Durant.

Though Durant will be on the sideline again Sunday afternoon when the teams meet at Oracle Arena, the Warriors have bounced back from the lows in the immediate wake of his absence and own a 10-game win streak.

The Warriors (62-14) have used defense as their formula for success, holding each of their last 10 opponents to less than 50-percent shooting. Nine of the opponents shot less than 45 percent.

Wizards (46-30) are concluding a five-game road trip, having split the first four games. They are 17-20 away from Washington.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 9.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Stephen Curry vs. John Wall. These two point guards have a few classic duels, most notably in February 2016, when Curry put in 51 points and Wall countered with 41 in a Warriors victory. Curry didn’t meet his standard when the teams met last five weeks ago, shooting 2-of-9 beyond the arc and finishing with more turnovers (five) than assists (four). Wall didn’t shoot well (6-of-20) but racked up 19 assists. Expect each to go after the other with a purpose.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L MCL sprain, tibial bone bruise) and F Kevon Looney (L hip strain) are listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Wizards: F Markieff Morris (R ankle sprain) is listed as questionable.

LAST 10

Warriors: 10-0. Wizards: 5-5.

SERIES HISTORY

The Wizards won the first of two meetings this season, a 112-108 victory on Feb. 28 at Verizon Center in Washington. The Warriors have won 10 of the last 12 overall, and seven of the last nine played in Oakland. The Warriors have not been swept since 2008-09.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE MIRROR IMAGES: The Warriors and Wizards are 1-2 in made field goals and steals, with the Warriors topping both categories. The Warriors are first in shooting percentage, the Wizards third. The Warriors are first in scoring and fast break points, the Wizards fifth in both categories. The Warriors are tops in assists, the Wizards seventh. First team to reach 110 is knocking on victory’s door.

THE 2-GUARDS: Klay Thompson had one of his more forgettable games in the last meeting (16 points, 5-of-20 shooting, minus-17), losing the individual battle with his opposite number, Bradley Beal (25 points, 8-of-17, plus-11). Thompson has a long memory for such occasions. He’ll be out to even the score.

THE GLASS WARS: The Warriors seventh in rebounding and are 40-2 when they at least tie opponents in that category. Washington ranks 21st in rebounding. The math clearly favors the Warriors.

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

Andrew Bogut's agent had no idea center was talking to Warriors about return

When rumors around Andrew Bogut's potential return to the Warriors began to circulate, many people were caught entirely off guard.

But it wasn't just fans and analysts who were surprised the 2005 No. 1 overall pick would be returning to help his former team capture another title. 

Bogut's agent apparently had no idea the veteran center and the Warriors had been discussing a return to the Bay Area.

“Funny enough, my agent didn’t even know,” Bogut told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. “I told my agent, ‘Hey I’m talking to the Warriors,’ and he was like, ‘What the f***? Do they know I’m your agent? Why don’t they call me?’”

The 34-year-old last played for the Warriors during the 2015-16 season and has been out of the NBA since January of 2018.

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In the four games since his return to the two-time defending champions, Bogut is averaging 5.3 points and 6.2 rebounds while looking slimmer and more athletic, something he attributes to drinking more beer and having a less rigorous schedule while being back home in Australia. 

The unexpected reunion has been a success so far. Perhaps when Bogut officially hangs up his sneakers he can start a second career as an agent.

It's worked out so far.

Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

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Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic suffers gruesome leg injury vs. Nets

Blazers starting center Jusuf Nurkic suffered a horrible, horrible injury during Monday night's game against the Nets.

If you watched it live or have watched a replay, you know how brutal it was. If you haven't watched the video, DON'T.

Just think Gordon Hayward, Kevin Ware, Paul George and Shaun Livingston.

It was that bad.

Shortly after midnight, the Blazers announced that Nurkic suffered a compound fractures to his left tibia and fibula, and that there is no timetable for his return.

Nurkic was having a monster game at the time of the injury, dropping in 32 points and grabbing 16 rebounds, and the Blazers beat the Nets in double overtime, but neither matters at this point.

Losing Nurkic is another huge blow for the Blazers, who currently sit in fourth place in the Western Conference. They are already playing without shooting guard CJ McCollum, who strained his popliteus muscle in his left knee.

Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins was among the current and former players to send their thoughts and prayers to Nurkic.