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Warriors vs. Cavaliers Watch Guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

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Warriors vs. Cavaliers Watch Guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

OAKLAND – There was a time, not long ago, when Oracle Arena would be buzzing with anticipation and dripping with drama at the thought of the Cleveland Cavaliers playing the Warriors.

Steph vs. Kyrie. KD vs. LeBron. Draymond vs. the entire Cleveland roster.

None of those factors, with the possible exception of Draymond Green challenging every Cav, will be present when the teams meet Friday night. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6 p.m. with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame Live at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:40.

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The Warriors (54-24) will be trying to clinch best record in the Western Conference. A victory combined with a Denver Nuggets loss to the Portland Trail Blazers would give the Warriors homecourt advantage throughout the first three rounds of the NBA playoffs.

Cleveland was, by contrast, eliminated from the playoffs four weeks ago. With Kyrie Irving being traded two years ago and LeBron James leaving last summer, the current Cavs (19-60) have lost seven in a row, and are a skeletal reflection of the squad that faced the Warriors in four consecutive NBA Finals.

Rather than possibly being too hyped up for this matchup, the Warriors will have to find motivation in the greater goal of ensuring that any potential Game 7 comes through Oakland.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F Kevin Durant
F Draymond Green
C Andrew Bogut
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Cavaliers

F Cedi Osman
F Larry Nance Jr.
C Tristan Thompson
G Brandon Knight
G Collin Sexton

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: Center DeMarcus Cousins (load management), forward Andre Iguodala (left toe soreness) and center Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) are listed as out.

Cavaliers: Guard Matthew Dellavedova (concussion), forward/center John Henson (left wrist surgery) and forward Kevin Love (left shoulder soreness) are listed as out. Guard J.R/ Smith (personal) is not with the team.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: The absence of Cousins and Iguodala likely means more minutes for Bogut and guard Shaun Livingston, both of whom rested Thursday against the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as guard Alfonzo McKinnie ... If the Warriors build a big early lead against a struggling team, as they did in LA, guards Quinn Cook and Damion Lee could see significant time ... Curry needs 24 points to move past Paul Arizin (16,226) on the franchise’s career scoring list ... If you’re looking for an indicator that the Warriors are gearing up for the postseason, here’s one: Their 98.3 defensive rating over the last five games is No. 1 in the league ... The Warriors this season are 8-3 in the second game of back-to-back sets.

Cavaliers: Rookie point guard Collin Sexton has had a solid second half, and looks like a keeper. He has scored at least 20 points in 12 of last 14 games. Averaging 16.6 ppg and shooting 41.1 percent from deep, he’s on pace to become the third rookie (joining Larry Bird and Stephen Curry) to average at least 16 ppg and shoot at least 40 percent from deep ... Guard Jordan Clarkson, the team’s sixth man, is the leading scorer among active Cavs (17.1 ppg). He also has 70 double-digit scoring games this season, tops among all reserves ... As poorly as the Cavs have played on their 0-4 road trip, they’ve outrebounded opponents by an average of 7.5 a game. Nance is averaging 12.3 per game on the trip. Rebounding is an area in which the Warriors can be vulnerable.

Officials: Ken Mauer (crew chief), Tony Brown, Leroy Richardson

Five best products for Warriors fans to purchase on Amazon Prime Day

Five best products for Warriors fans to purchase on Amazon Prime Day

It's Amazon Prime Day, so it's time to get in on those great deals.

In light of losing the 2019 NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors and all the changes to the roster, Warriors fans might need some retail therapy.

So, we picked out five Amazon Prime items Warriors fans could use right now:

1. Steph Curry Swimming Pool Floaty

As you pass the time until the 2019-20 season starts, you're going to be spending a lot of time in pool. This is the most stylish accessory you can bring to the Splash Party. (Yes, we aware it looks nothing like Steph.)

2. Keep Calm and Curry On t-shirt

With Kevin Durant leaving for Brooklyn, it's time to put all your eggs back in the Curry basket. This is the perfect shirt to help you remember that everything will be fine as long as Curry is on the Warriors.

3. Warriors' NBA championship DVD set

Let's be honest with ourselves: The Warriors are going to take a step back next season. Until Klay Thompson returns from his torn ACL, the defense won't be that good. If the games become tough to watch, you can just pop these DVDs in and remember better times.

4. Andre Iguodala's book "The Sixth Man"

The Warriors wouldn't have won three NBA titles over the last five years without Iguodala. He was as vital as Curry and Durant to the team's success. The best way to remember all that the 2015 NBA Finals contributed to the run is by reading his memoir.

5. Marcus Thompson's book on Kevin Durant

Warriors fans, we know you're still hurting from KD's departure. But we should be grateful that he spent three years playing in The Town. You can pass the time this summer by reading about what Durant put into his chase for glory.

Bob Myers expecting excitement, novelty from youth-infused Warriors

Bob Myers expecting excitement, novelty from youth-infused Warriors

To be determined. Young. Hungry. Fresh. Those are the words Bob Myers used to describe the revamped Warriors' identity in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke on Monday.

Golden State has eight new players on its roster. One of the holdovers, Klay Thompson, is expected to miss a large portion of next season while recovering from a torn ACL suffered in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Consequently, the Warriors' general manager and president of basketball operations is depending on several newcomers to help lead the franchise into a new phase.

In going about renovating the roster, Myers understood it needed an influx of youth -- which is now more feasible, given the lowered expectations.

"When you try to put these things together, a blend of youth and experience is always good," Myers told Burke. "I think we were tilted pretty far in the experience category, but that's sometimes what it takes to win."

Of the eight new players brought in, Alec Burks is the oldest at 27 years old. For the last several years, the Warriors have been one of the oldest teams in the league based on average age. This coming season, they'll be one of the youngest.

Myers knows that transition is bound to come with consistent growing pains, but ensures the Warriors are prepared for a different kind of season than they've become accustomed to.

"We are going to have to shapeshift in a certain way," Myers said. "We're going to miss Klay -- There's no replacing Klay Thompson. And then it's a lot of new, young guys. Losing Andre [Iguodala] and Shaun [Livingston] also -- the stability, the consistency they bring -- we'll see. But I think we're okay with that. We get it.

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"I think everybody is going into it with their eyes wide open, knowing there's going to be more challenges," he continued. "It's not going to be what it was. But there's also an excitement to that. There's a novelty to that. It's all kind of wrapped up -- even the new arena stuff -- it's kind of like it's a new dawn. It's a new era.

"We're moving forward in a different direction, so let's see what happens."