NBA Gameday: Warriors will have their hands full with Jimmy Butler

NBA Gameday: Warriors will have their hands full with Jimmy Butler

Life without Kevin Durant, for at least the next few weeks, begins Thursday in Chicago, where the Warriors face the Bulls at United Center.

And, for a night, the Warriors could be without coach Steve Kerr, who wasn’t feeling well Thursday morning and did not attend shootaround. Though Kerr is optimistic about being at the game, according to a Warriors official, should he not make it the team will turn to assistant coach Mike Brown.

Making his Warriors debut will be small forward Matt Barnes, a last-minute addition signed after Durant sustained a knee injury in a loss to the Wizards Tuesday night in Washington.

[RELATED: Ahead of first game, Matt Barnes delivers message to Warriors fans]

The Warriors (50-10) will attempt to extend to 147 their NBA-record streak of games without consecutive losses.

The Bulls (30-30) have won four of five but still are coming together in the wake of a trade last week that sent away Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott while adding Joffrey Lauvergne, Anthony Morrow and Cameron Payne.


Warriors by 7.5


Warriors-Jimmy Butler: No matter who starts at small forward, the Warriors will have their hands full with Butler. It’s conceivable they will do some cross matching, using guard Klay Thompson as well as small forwards Andre Iguodala and Matt Barnes to defend Butler. At 6-foot-7, 238 pounds, he’s too big for rookie Pat McCaw. Containing Chicago’s leading scorer with a compromised lineup will be difficult.


Warriors: F Kevin Durant (L knee sprain, tibial bone bruise) is listed as out. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the NBA Development League.

Bulls: G Michael Carter-Williams (L patellar tendinitis) and F Paul Zipser (L ankle tendinitis) are listed as questionable.


Warriors: 7-3. Bulls: 5-5.


The Warriors have won the last three meetings and five of the last seven. They will be trying to sweep the Bulls in back-to-back seasons for the second time ever and the first time since 1999-00 and 2000-01.


CHASING KOBE AND CHAUNCEY: Coming off two subpar games in a row, Stephen Curry needs two 3-pointers to surpass Kobe Bryant on the all-time list. Curry needs five threes to move past Chauncey Billups and into 10th place on the list.

PROTECT THE PAINT: Ranking last in 3-point shots and makes, the Bulls are built to attack the paint with their variety of slashers, led by Dwyane Wade and Butler. Rim protection always is a priority against Chicago, and Durant’s absence adds urgency. The Warriors will want to close off the driving lanes and force jumpers.

THE RACE TO 100: The Warriors average an NBA-best 118.1 points per game and are 50-8 when they score at least 100, which they have done 36 games in a row. The Bulls are 12-26 when they allow at least 100 points. The math makes a statement.

DeMarcus Cousins out for final game of Warriors road trip in Minnesota

DeMarcus Cousins out for final game of Warriors road trip in Minnesota

DeMarcus Cousins is going to miss his second straight game.

The Warriors' starting center will not play tonight when the Warriors close their four-game road trip in Minnesota, the team announced.

Andre Iguodala -- who did not play on Monday night at the Spurs because of dental work -- is probable.

Shaun Livingston and Jacob Evans are listed as questionable.

Andrew Bogut is expected to start again in place of Cousins. It's unclear at this point if Boogie will be in uniform when the Warriors face the Pacers at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.

[LISTEN: Warriors Outsiders Podcast -- Dubs drop Bogut's debut in San Antonio]

Golden State enters Tuesday's action tied with Denver for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

Follow @DrewShiller on Twitter and Instagram

Hawks sign Santa Cruz Warriors center Deyonta Davis to 10-day contract


Hawks sign Santa Cruz Warriors center Deyonta Davis to 10-day contract

Deyonta Davis is headed back to The Association.

The Santa Cruz Warriors big man signed a 10-day contract with the Hawks, both teams announced on Tuesday morning.

Atlanta's general manager Travis Schlenk used to be Golden State's assistant GM.

Davis was the 31st overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. In 62 games (six starts) with the Grizzlies during the 2017-18 season, he averaged 5.8 points and 4.0 rebounds.

Last summer, he was traded to the Kings in the deal that sent Garrett Temple to Memphis. Sacramento waived Davis in September and he ended up accepting a training camp invite with Golden State -- knowing he would soon be sent to Santa Cruz.

The 22-year made 43 appearances with the Sea Dubs this year and has been tremendous over his last 11 games -- 15.8 points and 9.8 rebounds on a ridiculous 66 percent from the field.

G League players sign deals with the league itself, not a specific G League team. They can be signed at any time by any NBA franchise.

Therefore, even though Davis played for Golden State's G League affiliate in Santa Cruz, Golden State would have needed to sign Davis to a 10-day contract to call him up. And after signing Andrew Bogut, Golden State did not have an open roster spot.

[RELATEDAndrew Bogut delivers funny soundbites before Warriors season debut]

The Santa Cruz Warriors (31-16) are currently tied for second place in the Western Conference. They have clinched a spot in the playoffs, which begin next week.

All games are broadcast on NBC Sports Bay Area or NBC Sports Bay Area Plus and the My Teams App.

Follow @DrewShiller on Twitter and Instagram