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.
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.