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

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

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors have played just well enough to lose over the last week. 

On Wednesday, they'll try to reverse the trend against the lowly Bulls. Fortunately, Golden State likely will have Draymond Green in the lineup following a three-game absence. 

Wins have been hard to come by for the league's worst team, but the Warriors have shown life in recent games, losing their last two outings by seven combined points. With the Bulls in town, they'll have as good a chance as ever to get their fourth win of the season. 

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Here's everything you need to know about the matchup:

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors: 

F Glenn Robinson III
F Draymond Green
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Alec Burks
G Ky Bowman

Bulls: 

F Shaquille Harrison
F Lauri Markkanen
C Wendell Carter, Jr.
G Zach LaVine
G Tomas Satoransky

INJURY REPORT 

Warriors: F Draymond Green (right heel soreness) is probable. G Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), G Jacob Evans III (left adductor strain), G Damion Lee (right hand non-displaced fracture), F Kevon Looney (neuropathy), G D’Angelo Russell (right thumb sprain), F Alen Smailagic (right ankle sprain) and G Klay Thompson (right ACL rehab) are listed as out.

Bulls: Dejounte Murray (torn right anterior cruciate ligament) is out. 

ROTATION

Warriors: The Warriors have used 11 different starting lineups through 18 games ... Glenn Robinson has scored in double figures in 10 of his 18 starts, including a career-high 25 point performance Monday evening ... The Warriors still owns the league's worst defense and will play Wednesday evening with at least seven players on the bench ... D'Angelo Russell is expected to have his thumb re-evaluated Saturday. 

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Bulls: While Chicago leads the league in steals, the Bulls allow an average of 110.8 points per game, ranking 15th in the league ... Zach LaVine is averaging 21.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 31 minutes. Last week, he scored 49 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer against the Charlotte Hornets ... Rookie Coby White has shown promise, including a career-high 28-point performance last week against Charlotte ... The Bulls have undergone some turmoil, including reported trust issues with coach Jim Boylen, which have played a large role in their rough start. 

Officials: Pat Fraher (crew chief), Aaron Smith, Mousa Dagher

Nets GM Sean Marks denies wild Gregg Popovich 'Godfather offer' rumor

Nets GM Sean Marks denies wild Gregg Popovich 'Godfather offer' rumor

Could Kevin Durant and Gregg Popovich team up in Brooklyn?

As unlikely as the scenario is, there is a rumor floating around the NBA Twitterverse that the Nets are preparing to try to lure the legendary coach away from the San Antonio Spurs.

Stick with me here.

During a recent episode of the "Let's Get Technical" podcast, former NBA player Gerald Brown joined hosts Rasheed Wallace and Bonzi Wells, and guest Amin Elhassan. Brown said this:

"There's a story going around that the owner of the Brooklyn Nets is looking to make a 'Godfather offer' to Gregg Popovich, and when I say the 'Godfather [offer], it's something he can't refuse," Brown said. "Hearing this news, and it's probably going to circulate more in the days to come, I'm not really buying it at all."

Brown didn't cite a source on this rumor. But back in March, ESPN's Stephen A. Smith did mention Popovich's name as one of three candidates for the Nets' job (H/T The Spun), along with former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Ty Lue and former Warriors coach Mark Jackson.

The Pop-to-Nets rumor had enough legs to make it all the way back to Brooklyn GM Sean Marks, who was asked during an interview on WFAN radio in New York about the idea of pursuing the longtime Spurs coach.

"Pop has a job," Marks told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts on Friday. "So I will say that. And, obviously, we all know he’s an amazing, amazing coach, and to be quite frank, an even better leader. So I’ll let Pop continue to coach for the Spurs, and He owes it to them and they owe it to him. I’m sure he’s quite happy there."

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But would it make sense for the Warriors nemesis to leave San Antonio for Brooklyn?

The Nets need a permanent coach for the 2020-21 season. Brooklyn fired Kenny Atkinson in March, and interim coach Jacque Vaughn will guide the bare bones team through the NBA restart in Orlando, but he might not be the answer in the long run.

Durant and fellow NBA superstar Kyrie Irving are going to want a coach with experience and a proven plan. While Lue won an NBA title with the Cavs, and Jackson laid the foundation for the Warriors, they aren't the sexy picks.

Why would Popovich leave San Antonio, where he's coached for 24 seasons? The Spurs have been considered the gold standard for NBA teams for the last two decades, but they've fallen on hard times. Their streak of 22 straight NBA playoff appearances likely will come to an end this season, and they don't have a bonafide superstar to build around for the next few seasons.

So maybe it's time for Pop to chase a new challenge. Of course, he's 71 years old and has been coaching in the league since 1988, so maybe his next move is to hang up the clipboard.

But if Popovich wants one more chance to win a ring, bolting for Brooklyn might not be the worst idea, especially if the Nets are willing to make a "Godfather Offer" to him.

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There would also be the strange twist of Durant teaming up with Warriors coach Steve Kerr's mentor.

If Pop really did make the move, the Warriors wouldn't have to deal with him in the Western Conference, but if they return to NBA title contention, they might be looking at Popovich, Durant and Irving across from them in the NBA Finals.

Now that's a juicy storyline. NBA Twitter might explode if that happened next summer.

Heat guard Tyler Herro studies Warriors' Klay Thompson to improve shot

Heat guard Tyler Herro studies Warriors' Klay Thompson to improve shot

Klay Thompson's shot is that of near perfection. Steph Curry might be regarded as the greatest shooter in NBA history, but his fellow Splash Brother's form is picturesque. 

Miami Heat rookie Tyler Herro is taking note, too. The shooting guard has taken advantage of his time away from the court before the NBA's restart by watching film on Thompson and other greats.

"Klay Thompson, Ray Allen, CJ McCollum, Steve Nash and Bradley Beal are the guys that’s I’ve watched, just picking different things from each player," Herro recently told reporters, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman. 

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Herro, 20, is averaging 12.9 points per game for the Heat while shooting an impressive 39.1 percent from 3-point range. As a rookie, Thompson shot 41.4 percent from deep and has a career 41.9 shooting percentage from beyond the arc. They don't make many like Klay. 

Miami's young sharpshooter is studying one specific part of Thompson's game, too.

"You know, Klay and Ray, they do the catch-and-shoot very well," Herro said. "So that's the thing that I pay attention to when I'm watching them. But every player that I watch, or the coaches have me watch, I can dissect something new or something different from their game to try to add it to mine."

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Herro and the Heat resume their season Aug. 1 against the Denver Nuggets in Orlando. In just his first season, he has helped the Heat become a contender as a feared outside shooter and will play a big role once the NBA returns. 

Rested, healthy and full of more knowledge from hours watching film, we'll soon be able to see what exactly Herro picked up from Thompson other great shooters.