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Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 126-118 victory over Wizards

Warriors takeaways: What we learned in 126-118 victory over Wizards

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Never quite in total command yet always seeming to dictate the direction of the game, the Warriors labored their way to a 126-118 victory over the Wizards on Thursday at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C.

Stephen Curry scored 38 points and Kevin Durant had 21, as the Warriors overcame their own sloppiness to win their ninth consecutive game, the longest win streak in the NBA this season.

The 3-balls weren’t falling (7-of-20), so the Warriors (35-14) carved up the Wizards elsewhere in shooting 56.8 percent.

Here are three takeaways from the first of a three-game swing through the Eastern Conference:

The Marvelous Mr. Curry

Though Klay Thompson at his best burns opponents into submission, Curry proved once again that he is more likely to be the guy who will smooth out the team’s rough spots.

Each time the Wizards threatened to catch up, Curry was there to shove them back in place, usually by scoring but sometimes by breaking down the defense with his mere presence.

He scored 13 points in the third quarter to keep the Wizards at bay, and when they got within two in the fourth, Curry re-entered and the lead was back to eight in less than a minute.

Curry poured in 38 points on 14-of-24 shooting, including 2-of-8 from deep. On a night when Thompson and Durant were 13-of-31, Curry was the difference on the scoreboard.

Boogie’s Night

Though his off-the-dribble forays were slow and clumsy -- and will remain so for a while -- most everything else DeMarcus Cousins does is right on time.

Often using his size to bully his way in the post, Cousins finished with 17 points (8-of-12 shooting, 1-of-1 beyond the arc), six rebounds, three assists and one block. His finished a minus-8 over 24 minutes, his highest minutes total thus far.

As a bonus, he also picked up his first technical foul as a member of the active roster for being a bit too aggressive when disengaging from a tie-up with Washington center Thomas Bryant.

Bench recovers splendidly after brief struggle

The Warriors opened the fourth quarter with Curry and Durant on the bench and a 104-92 lead. When Washington went on a 14-4 run over the next four minutes, cutting the margin to two, the Warriors never blinked.

Though Curry and Durant were back in a flash, others were crucial in pushing the lead back to double digits.

Shaun Livingston, Andre Iguodala, Kevon Looney and Alfonzo McKinnie all made huge plays inside the final five minutes

Iguodala was a team-best plus-19 over 25 minutes, Looney was plus-14 over 17 minutes.

Warriors vs. Grizzlies watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Grizzlies watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The long, long injury list that accompanied the Warriors across the country for much of the past few weeks has been whittled to a mere three.

And two of the unavailable players, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, are not coming back anytime soon.

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The return of second-year guard Jacob Evans III will give the Warriors 12 players Monday night, when they face the Memphis Grizzlies at Chase Center. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tip-off scheduled for 7:40.

The Warriors (5-19) are seeking consecutive victories for the first time this season. Not since 2000-01 have they gone so deep into a season without winning back-to-back games.

The Grizzlies (6-16), who won three in a row in mid-November but since have lost nine of 10 -- including to the Warriors on Nov. 19 in Memphis -- will get a boost from the return of flashy rookie point guard Ja Morant.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Eric Paschall
F Draymond Green
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Glenn Robinson III
G D’Angelo Russell

Grizzlies
F Jae Crowder
F Jaren Jackson Jr.
C Jonas Valanciunas
G Dillon Brooks
G Ja Morant

INJURY REPORT

Warriors
G Jacob Evans III (left adductor strain) was upgraded from questionable to available after the morning shootaround. G Damion Lee (right hand non-displaced fracture) was downgraded from probable to out. G Stephen Curry (left hand fracture) and G Klay Thompson (right ACL rehab) are listed as out. F Alen Smailagic is on assignment with G-League Santa Cruz.

Grizzlies
F Jae Crowder (illness) is listed as questionable. F Kyle Anderson (right heel soreness) is listed as doubtful. F Brandon Clarke (left oblique soreness) is listed as out. G/F Josh Jackson is on assignment with the G-League Memphis Hustle. F Andre Iguodala is not with the team.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors
Coach Steve Kerr finally has enough available players to form an actual rotation based on merit rather than need ... The return of Evans gives the Warriors another option at PG, along with starter D’Angelo Russell and additional backup Ky Bowman. Evans missed 21 games with left adductor strain ... Paschall has scored in double figures in each of the last 13 games. The last Warriors rookie to do so was Thompson in 2012 ... With three rookies -- SG Jordan Poole, Bowman and Paschall -- the Warriors lead the league in rookie scoring at 33.1 ppg ... The Warriors have won the last five home games against the Grizzlies and eight of the last 10 overall.

Grizzlies
Morant has missed the last four games with back spasms. Both his activity level and minutes total and will be monitored closely. His return sends Tyus Jones back to reserve status ... Clarke, who spent two seasons at San Jose State before transferring to Gonzaga, has missed the last three games. The rookie is having a fabulous season, averaging 11.8 ppg off the bench on 63.0-percent shooting from the field ... Valanciunas has scored in double figures 17 times, including three occasions with at least 20 points. He’s had three 20-10 games in the last two weeks and will be a tough physical matchup for any Warriors big man ... The Grizzlies lead the league in paint points, averaging 54.2 per game ... If neither Crowder nor Anderson is available, Solomon Hill could get the start at SF ... Though Iguodala officially is on the roster, he has yet play or travel with the team ... Memphis is 0-5 against Pacific Division opponents.

Officials
Brian Forte (crew chief), Tre Maddox, Brandon Adair

Steph Curry honors kids with new leg tattoo, posts photo on Instagram

Steph Curry honors kids with new leg tattoo, posts photo on Instagram

Warriors superstar Steph Curry -- who is out until at least early February because of a broken left hand -- has some free time on his hands.

So the two-time NBA MVP decided to honor his three children by getting a new tattoo:

Or is it three tattoos?

It appears Curry and his wife, Ayesha, both got the new ink:

In October, Curry was a guest on Bleacher Report's "Unboxed" series and he explained how Riley, Ryan and Canon are part of his new "Curry 7 UNDRTD" shoes.

"My favorite part of the shoe -- on the back there's a pulltab and it has monikers of my three kids. From my oldest, the horse, to my middle child is our butterfly, and then the son bringing up the rear -- we call him young wolf."

[RELATEDSteph has surgery to remove pins from hand]

Riley probably told her dad to go with the unicorn over the horse, right?

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