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As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

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As Warriors inch closer to full health, Kerr provides update on Durant, Klay

OAKLAND -- Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson all worked up sweat Wednesday, putting the Warriors ever closer to being whole again.

Only Draymond Green did not full participate in the non-contact practice session, but he’s expected back in a matter of days.

So while the Warriors are a little more than a week away from possibly having the full squad available, they’re starting to feel a little less vulnerable.

“They’re all kind of day-to-day,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Steph is closer to playing than KD and Klay.”

Curry has not played since March 8, when he tweaked his surgically repaired right ankle. He missed the last six games. Durant (rib cartilage injury) and Thompson (right thumb sprain) sustained their injuries on March 11 at Minnesota, though Durant played one more game, March 14, before receiving a diagnosis. Durant missed the last three games, Thompson the last four.

Green sustained a pelvic contusion Monday night at San Antonio, but believes he will be available this weekend, either Friday against Atlanta or Sunday against Utah.

Curry, though, is fully cleared for all activities.

“Steph looks great,” Kerr said. “He’s chomping at the bit. But we’ll see how he responds in the next couple days before we decide whether he plays or not.”

Durant loathes acknowledging pain or injuries, and his return will be dictated by his ability with withstanding the contact inevitable in the course of a game.

“I don’t expect KD to play this week,” Kerr said. “It’s not like a timetable . . . just sort of a feel thing. It’s symptomatic with him.”

Thompson seems, at this point, the furthest away from full activity.

“Klay did some stuff," Kerr said, “but not full participation.”

2019 NBA All-Star Game live stream: How to watch online, on TV

2019 NBA All-Star Game live stream: How to watch online, on TV

It's Team LeBron versus Team Giannis. 

The 2019 NBA All-Star Game is here, and the Warriors are represented by three players -- Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Curry will be the lone Warrior on Team Giannis, and Durant and Thompson will be together on Team LeBron. 

We've already ranked the top players in this year's All-Star Game. But who will put on the best show and leave with a win?

Steph fell short in a 3-Point Contest for the ages, so he's sure to be out for revenge, even against a Golden State duo. 

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Here's how you can watch Team LeBron take on Team Giannis in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game, both on TV and streaming live online.

When: 5 p.m. PT on Sunday, Feb. 17
TV: TNT
Live Stream: fuboTV

Jayson Tatum's bold NBA Finals prediction for Celtics seems premature

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Jayson Tatum's bold NBA Finals prediction for Celtics seems premature

Jayson Tatum evidently forgot the Golden State Warriors still play in the NBA.

The second-year Boston Celtics guard was feeling himself Saturday at NBA All-Star festivities. He won the All-Star Skills Challenge, then had something bold to say about his team’s chances in the second half of the season.

“We’re going to win the Finals this year,” Tatum said, via ESPN. “February 16th, Jayson Tatum said we’re going to win the finals this year.”

Weird flex, Jayson, but OK …

The trends don’t support Tatum’s assertion. First, the Celtics sit fourth in the ultra-competitive Eastern Conference, well behind the Milwaukee Bucks and the Toronto Raptors, so they’d have an uphill climb to come out of that side of the league. Oddsmakers don’t have much faith in that, while the Bucks and the Raptors’ odds have shot up significantly, per OddsShark.

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Should the Celtics overcome those odds, the Warriors likely would be waiting for them in the Finals. And even though Boston played Golden State tight last month at TD Garden, the rematch March 5 in Oakland will give us a much better look at where the Celtics are. After all, Boston probably would have to win a Finals game or two at Oracle Arena to fulfill Tatum’s vow.

Easier said than done.

Tatum is confident, which is great. What else is he supposed to say about his team? But there’s much more work ahead of the Celtics before they can talk about winning it all, especially with the back-to-back NBA champions most likely their final hurdle.