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Warriors rule Draymond Green out vs. Mavericks because of toe sprain

Warriors rule Draymond Green out vs. Mavericks because of toe sprain

Draymond Green just came back from a one-game suspension, but he won't play again Saturday. 

The Warriors officially ruled Green out of the game against the Dallas Mavericks, as he continues to nurse a sprained right toe. Forward Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot soreness) also was listed as questionable. 

Green returned to the Warriors' lineup in Thursday's 107-86 loss to the Houston Rockets after serving a one-game suspension stemming from his tiff with Kevin Durant. Sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that Green brought up Durant's impending free agency, and Green told reporters in Houston on Thursday that he and Durant were "moving forward."

"After playing 42 minutes against the Clippers, it was pretty sore that next day," Green said of his injured toe, and he then joked, "Thank God I got suspended. I was sore, really sore, so I sat there and iced the whole day. Did some treatment at home. ... Everything happens for a reason."

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Green did not play in the Warriors' two games preceding Monday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers because of his sprained toe. He played just 24 minutes Thursday, missing all three of his shots and finishing the night with zero points, five rebounds, five assists, and five turnovers. 

With Green suspended Tuesday, Jonas Jerebko started in his place. He scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and 4-of-7 from deep. Jerebko finished a game-high plus-23, and he could start in Green's absence again Saturday, provided Warriors coach Steve Kerr likes the matchup against the Mavericks.

If McKinnie does not play, the Warriors would be down two forwards in their first look at Mavericks rookie forward Luka Doncic.

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in nail-biting 125-123 win vs. Kings

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in nail-biting 125-123 win vs. Kings

OAKLAND -- The fourth time against the Kings was no different from the previous three for the Warriors, who once again needed all the moxie their championship DNA could muster.

This one wasn’t over until Kings guard Buddy Hield was short on a jumper with two seconds remaining, allowing the Warriors to escape with a 125-123 victory Thursday night at Oracle Arena.

All five Warriors starters scored in double digits, led by Stephen Curry’s 36 points and 28 more from Kevin Durant.

The Warriors (42-16) concluded the season series with a 4-0 record against Sacramento (30-28), the four games decided by a total of 12 points.

Here are three quick takeaways from another thriller:

The superstars shall lead

When all else fails, turn everything over to Curry and Durant. What a luxury.

Curry was the closer, scoring 11 points in the final seven minutes. He was 12-of-23 from the field, including 10-of-16 from deep and 2-of-2 from the line. He also recorded seven assists. He played 36 minutes and was plus-six.

Durant scored 17 of his points in the first half, 13 in the opening quarter. He was 10-of-20 from the field, including 1-of-5 from beyond the arc and 7-of-7 from the line. Durant also totaled nine rebounds and a career-high seven blocks.  He played 37 minutes and finished plus-seven.

On a night when the Kings proved yet again that they are to be taken seriously, the Warriors surely understand that their greatest offensive advantage is having Curry and Durant to pour in the points at critical times.

Second-unit blues

One of the goals for the Warriors over these final weeks of the regular season is finding an effective second unit, one capable of holding, if not extending leads built largely on the exploits of Curry and Durant.

That need was on full display in the second quarter. The Warriors entered with a 35-30 lead it took only three minutes -- and a 15-5 run by Sacramento -- to fall behind 45-40.

The Kings pushed the lead to 11 (54-43). The Warriors were down eight (54-46) when coach Steve Kerr turned to the Hamptons 5 (Curry, Durant, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson), who outscored the Kings 14-8 over the final four minutes of the half.

Sure, they missed Shaun Livingston, who was at home with his wife, who is expected to deliver their second child at any time.

But the second unit dug a hole the Warriors spent the rest of the evening trying to climb out of and didn’t gain another five-point lead until 6:36 remained.

Near-death by turnover

Maybe it was because this is the first game after a week-long break. Or maybe it was because after three previous games, the Warriors still haven’t adjusted to the quickness of the Kings.

But the live-ball turnovers just . . . kept . . . coming. They committed a total of 15 giveaways -- including an astonishing 11 in the first half -- off which Sacramento scored 22 points.

Durant and Curry each committed three, while Thompson, Kevon Looney and Cousins each coughed up two.

It was enough to keep the Kings in the game.

Turnovers are a pet peeve of Kerr's, and the Warriors spent most of January and early February keeping them to a minimum. They reverted to the worst of themselves in that regard Thursday night.

Warriors, Steph Curry's reactions to his dunk vs. Kings say it all

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Warriors, Steph Curry's reactions to his dunk vs. Kings say it all

Steph Curry dunked in the first quarter on Thursday against the Kings, and he was just as surprised as you were.

With the Warriors up four midway through the opening frame, Curry cut to the basket. Kevin Durant found the two-time MVP wide-open under the basket, and Curry elevated for a two-handed slam.

His reaction said it all. 

Is this the start of a new Steph? Curry closed out the All-Star Game last weekend with a reverse two-handed jam, and has now dunked in his first game back. 

If that's the case, his teammates probably won't have the same reaction as they did on Thursday. 

Jeez, act like you've been there before.