In Splash Brothers absence, Bell and Iguodala return to Warriors


In Splash Brothers absence, Bell and Iguodala return to Warriors

OAKLAND -- The Warriors will be bolstered by the return of two key players but they’ll be without three All-Stars Wednesday night when they face the Lakers at Oracle Arena.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.

Coming off back-to-back losses on the road, the Warriors (51-16) will take the court without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Andre Iguodala and Jordan Bell, however, will return after brief absences.

Though the Lakers (31-36) are out of realistic playoff contention, they have reached the 30-win mark for the first time since 2012-13, which also is the last time they appeared in the postseason.


Warriors by 6.5


Kevin Durant vs. Kyle Kuzma & Co.: Kuzma tweaked his ankle Tuesday and is listed as questionable. If he’s unable to go, the Lakers likely will turn to seldom-used vet Luol Deng or move SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to SF. If Kuzma is cleared, there is the potential for fireworks. He is averaging 15.5 ppg and is coming off a 26-point effort on Tuesday. Durant is averaging 38.7 ppg over the last three games and 29.9 since the All-Star break. He’ll have to carry the bulk of his team’s scoring load.


Warriors: F/C Jordan Bell (R ankle sprain) and F Andre Iguodala (L wrist sprain) are available. G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak), F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness), G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture), G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) and C/F David West (R arm cyst) are listed as out.

Lakers: F Kyle Kuzma (R ankle tweak) is listed as questionable. F/C Channing Frye (appendectomy), G Josh Hart (L hand, fourth metacarpal fracture) and F Brandon Ingram (L groin strain) are listed as out.


Warriors: 7-3.

Lakers: 8-2.


Marc Davis (crew chief), Matt Boland, Brian Forte


The Warriors have won three of the first four meetings this season, 127-123 (OT) on Nov. 29 in Los Angeles, 116-114 (OT) on Dec. 18 in LA and 113-106 on Dec. 22 in Oakland. The Warriors are 12-3 against the Lakers in the Steve Kerr era.


THE NEW GUYS: Second-year C Damian Jones and rookie two-way C/F Chris Boucher both participated in the morning shootaround. Jones will be active and could make his fifth appearance of the season. Boucher is expected to be added the active list and possibly will make his NBA debut.

THE STARTERS: If the Warriors are missing three starters, coach Steve Kerr will have to dig deep into his bench. Would he start Bell, who missed the last three games, in place of Green? Could Nick Young get the call to replace Thompson? It’s a very thin roster, so there won’t be much of a bench no matter how Kerr plays it.

THE POINT MEN: With Iguodala back, Shaun Livingston becomes the likely starter at PG against Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. It’s intriguing matchup, the wily 6-foot-6 veteran against the youngster whose basketball smarts are beyond his years. Iguodala, another savvy vet, also will take turns defending Ball.

NBA rumors: Lakers add Michael Beasley on one-year contract


NBA rumors: Lakers add Michael Beasley on one-year contract

Michael Beasley found himself a new basketball home on Friday.

The Lakers agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Beasley, league sources told multiple national reporters.

In 74 games with the Knicks last season, Beasley averaged 13.2 points and 5.6 rebounds.

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Beasley -- the No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 draft -- will be playing for his seventh NBA team.

The 29-year old also played for two different teams in China.

Beasley was teammates with LeBron James in Miami during the 2013-14 season.

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Jonas Jerebko ready to show he's 'a lot better player than people think'

Jonas Jerebko ready to show he's 'a lot better player than people think'

Earlier this week, Jonas Jerebko was introduced to Bay Area media members.

He talked about his expectations for next season and his role with the Warriors.

On Friday morning, he was a guest on 95.7 The Game and told Warriors fans they should have a pretty high bar for the "Swedish Larry Bird."

"I've been 10 years in the league and I feel like I'm getting better every year. I feel like I haven't played my best basketball yet," Jerebko declared. "The most minutes I did play was my rookie year."

Jerebko -- the 39th pick in the 2009 draft -- averaged 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds as a rookie in Detroit.

He missed the entire 2010-11 season because of a torn Achilles tendon, but bounced back in 2011-12 to the tune of 8.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest.

The 31-year old played a couple more seasons in Detroit and was then traded to Boston in February 2015.

He re-signed with the Celtics in July 2015 and averaged 15.1 minutes and 15.8 minutes per contest in his two seasons under Brad Stevens.

In Utah last year, Jerebko registered 5.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 15.3 minutes, and shot over 41 percent from 3-point territory.

"I got a lot more to give and I'm a lot better player than people think I am sometimes," Jerebko said. "I'm ready to show that."

Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller