Warriors vs. Blazers watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage


Warriors vs. Blazers watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

SAN FRANCISCO – Though the Trail Blazers have seen more of the Warriors than any NBA team in recent years, they won’t recognize the faces they see when the teams meet Monday night at Chase Center.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:40.

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The teams have faced off 31 times (including postseason) dating back to 2014-15, but both have undergone significant change in the five-plus months since they met in the Western Conference finals. Portland (3-3) has four new faces in its rotation. The Warriors (1-5) will present a totally different team.

Not one member of the Warriors available for the game was in uniform in when the teams faced off in May, meaning the usual backcourt fireworks – Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson vs. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum – won’t be in play.


Trail Blazers

F Rodney Hood
F Mario Hezonja
C Hassan Whiteside
G CJ McCollum
G Damian Lillard


F Glenn Robinson III
F Eric Paschall
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Jordan Poole
G Ky Bowman


Blazers: C Hassan Whiteside (left knee bone bruise) is listed as probable. C/F Zach Collins (left shoulder dislocation), C Pau Gasol (left foot fracture) and C Jusuf Nurkic (left lower leg fracture) are listed as out.

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), G Jacob Evans (left adductor strain), F Draymond Green (left index finger sprain), C/F Kevon Looney (neuropathy), G D’Angelo Russell (right ankle sprain), F Alen Smailagic (right ankle sprain) and (G Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation) are listed as out.


Blazers: It’s still “The Dame and CJ Show,” but the new faces bring a different dimension. Both Lillard and McCollum have scored in double figures in all six games, but six teammates have at least two such games ... The most notable addition is Whiteside, whose 7-foot-7 wingspan in the paint provides a presence this team has not had. He averaged 10.5 rebounds in the first four games and has for the last several seasons been among the league’s top shot-blockers, leading the NBA in that category in 2015-16 ... Ex-Warrior G Kent Bazemore, who came over in exchange for Evan Turner and is a defensive upgrade. He nabbed five steals on opening night against the Nuggets ... In addition to Bazemore, key players off the bench have been second-year G Anfernee Simons, F Anthony Tolliver (who occasionally starts) and former Sacramento King F Skal Labissiere.

Warriors: The Warriors have used a different lineup for every game this season and conceivably could make it seven on Monday. They dressed only nine players Saturday night against the Hornets and will do the same against the Blazers ... The entire healthy roster has combined for 467 NBA starts. Only Cauley-Stein (199) and F/C Marquese Chriss (126) have made more than 70 starts. Robinson is the only player to start in all six games this season ... Paschall topped the 20-point mark in two of the last three games. The last Warriors rookie to accomplish that feat was Gilbert Arenas in 2001-02. The last time the Warriors started the season losing five of their first six games was in 2002-03. They finished with a 38-44 that season.

Officials: Ken Mauer (crew chief), Derrick Collins, Derek Richardson.

Eric Paschall won't trash talk Steve Kerr when Richard Jefferson baits

Eric Paschall won't trash talk Steve Kerr when Richard Jefferson baits

Former Warriors forward Richard Jefferson tried to get Golden State rookie Eric Paschall into some trouble.

How do we know that?

Because this hit Twitter on Tuesday afternoon:

Here's the transcript:

Jefferson: "Is Steve Kerr as annoying as he seems?"

Paschall: "What you mean?"

Jefferson: "He just seems really, really annoying."

Paschall: "Why you say that?"

Jefferson: "I've just never liked him. I played against him as a player -- in the NBA Finals when he was with the Spurs. Then he was the head coach of the Warriors -- and just to me, he seems super, super annoying."

Paschall: "I don't think he's annoying. I think he's a great dude."

Jefferson: "Really?"

Paschall: "(laughter) Yo, you're not gonna try to play this game with me (laughter)."

Jefferson (after erupting with laughter): "Steve Kerr -- he's an Arizona guy. That's my Wildcat brother. I was just messing with you (laughter)."

Paschall: "Yo, this man trying to get me to say something crazy (laughing). I ain't falling for the okie-doke (laughter)."

Jefferson: "It was a test and you passed!"

Just last week, Paschall explained why he loves playing for Kerr.

"He's very laid back. Knows the game. I think that he was a player himself helps out a lot because he understands what we are going through in every type of way.

"Having somebody like him as our coach is great, and I appreciate everything he's doing and done for me so far."

Kerr played at Arizona from 1983 to 1988 -- helping the Wildcats reach the Final Four his senior season.

Jefferson played at Arizona from 1998 to 2001 -- helping the Wildcats reach the national title game his junior season.

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Lastly, here's a random Arizona tangent:

Sorry, Channing. Had to do it.

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Watch Steph Curry's best play against every NBA team throughout career

Watch Steph Curry's best play against every NBA team throughout career

Considering the current circumstances in the world, you're probably looking for something to cheer you up.

Hopefully this does just the trick.

Our friends at the Warriors put together a Steph Curry highlight reel of his single best play against every NBA team in his career.


It's very hard to narrow down the best of the best, but here are five candidates (in no particular order):

1) Curry's 3-pointer over Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker in Game 6 of the 2019 Western Conference semifinals. It gave the Warriors a 107-102 lead with 1:28 remaining.

2) Curry's 3-pointer with 1:51 left in overtime of Game 4 of the 2016 Western Conference semifinals vs. the Portland Trail Blazers. It gave the Warriors a 123-118 lead and led him to declare: "I'm here! I'm back!"

3) Curry's 37-footer with 0.7 seconds left to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016.

4) Curry's dribbling display and driving layup on LeBron James in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

5) Curry's left-wing 3-pointer vs. the Phoenix Suns on March 12, 2016 (because of the way he turns his body after releasing the shot).

[RELATED: Watch every 3 Steph has made from 30 feet and beyond]

This list doesn't even include his game-tying 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left in regulation in Game 3 of the Warriors' first-round playoff matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans in 2015.

Thanks for all the memories, Steph.

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