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Warriors' biggest fear is injuries, and they’re starting to surface

Warriors' biggest fear is injuries, and they’re starting to surface

OAKLAND -- Even while winning eight consecutive games and sitting atop the Western Conference standings, there was a layer of discomfort beneath the good work of the Warriors.

Throughout the veneer of bliss over the first three weeks, the one thing they feared most of all has been lingering in the shadows. Injuries.

They’re now out in the open for all to see and fret. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry is the latest, a strained left adductor forcing him out in the third quarter Thursday night as his Warriors were clobbered, 134-111, by the Milwaukee Bucks.

Curry will undergo an MRI test Friday. His injury comes one game after three-time All-Star Draymond Green was sidelined with a toe sprain, which had him watching in street clothes on Thursday and likely will keep him out until next week.

Valuable reserve guard Shaun Livingston has played in four of the team’s 12 games, missing the last six in a row with soreness in his right foot.

Valuable wing Andre Iguodala has missed two games but continues to deal with soreness in his left calf.

Both Warriors losses this season have come with a rotation player on the inactive list. It was Livingston on Oct. 21 at Denver and it was Green on Thursday.

“I don’t think tonight had anything to do with Draymond, honestly,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said after losing by 23. “It had to do with our overall focus.”

No one adjusts the focus of the Warriors better than Green, and he’s not expected to play on Saturday, when the Brooklyn Nets come to Oracle Arena.

What’s worse is Green almost certainly will be joined by Curry, who has been playing at MVP level.

Pending the results of Curry’s MRI test, none of the injuries is considered serious enough to sideline anyone for a significant portion of the season. But even “minor” injuries, when they keep coming, can have a significant impact.

The Warriors are not in trouble. Not yet. They have the best record (10-2) in the Western Conference, second-best in the NBA.

But the road ahead is starting to look more perilous. This was only one very emphatic loss, but the damage to the Warriors as they journey through November is only partly reflected by the scoreboard.

Steve Kerr drops funny story on what Klay Thompson's dog did in Warriors hotel

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Steve Kerr drops funny story on what Klay Thompson's dog did in Warriors hotel

LOS ANGELES -- The Warriors are in Los Angeles for several days with games against the Clippers and the Lakers. All of that time away from home made Klay Thompson ask Steve Kerr an important question: Could he bring his dog, Rocco?

“Coaches first have to allow it,” said Kerr, grinning big.

Looks like Klay got Coach's approval.

Kerr continued: “I asked Klay how’s it going with Rocco in the hotel room. He said, ‘Well, he took a dump on the floor, so there’s that.’ ”

Kerr said Thompson had the doors open to the balcony in his room and showed Rocco where to go. Rocco didn’t get the idea to go outside.

“Only Klay,” Kerr said, laughing.

DeMarcus Cousins 'not expecting to score 50' in Warriors debut vs. Clippers

DeMarcus Cousins 'not expecting to score 50' in Warriors debut vs. Clippers

Programming note: Watch DeMarcus Cousins’ warm-up Friday before his Warriors debut live on the MyTeams app at 5:50 p.m. PT, with analysis from Greg Papa, Garry St. Jean and Kelenna Azubuike. Download MyTeams on Google Play and the App Store.

In just a few hours, DeMarcus Cousins will play in his first NBA game in almost a year.

Cousins understandably is excited, but in a 1-on-1 interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole, Boogie tried to lower expectations.

"I'm not really looking for any expectations," Cousins told Poole on Friday in Los Angeles. "I'm not coming out here expecting to score 50 or whatever the case may be. I know that's what the world expects, I know that's what they're looking for and I know that's how most people will measure my success as of right now."

After tearing his Achilles tendon last January while playing with the New Orleans Pelicans, Cousins signed with the Warriors in July. He's been rehabbing ever since and the Warriors hadn't put a return-date out there. Until 10 days ago, when it was announced that Jan. 18 was the day they hoped he would make his debut.

But Cousins made it clear he's not all the way back.

"This is the last step in my rehab process, getting acclimated with the team, getting acclimated with the flow of the game, getting back into game shape," Cousins told Poole. "I don't want people to think I'm just a finished product, because I'm not. I'm just happy to be back on the floor and I'm going to come out and do my part to help the team win tonight."

Stay tuned to NBCSportsBayArea.com for the full exclusive interview with Cousins.