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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

Why James Wiseman is, is not a perfect fit for Warriors in NBA Draft

Why James Wiseman is, is not a perfect fit for Warriors in NBA Draft

It's been a long time since the Warriors have had to worry about pick at the top of the NBA Draft.

But, barring a miraculous turnaround, that's exactly what Bob Myers and his staff find themselves thinking about midway through January.

The Warriors enter the weekend with the worst record in the NBA and appear set to land one of the top overall picks in the draft on June 25.

Assuming the Warriors land one of the top three picks in the draft, there are three names that have been tied to Golden State: Center James Wiseman and wings Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball.

NBC Sports college basketball writer Rob Dauster explained to NBC Sports Bay Area this week why he believes Wiseman should be the pick for the Warriors.

"I think in an ideal world, if you can get a top-three pick, and you end up getting James Wiseman, that's the perfect fit for this Golden State team," Dauster said. "You look at the players they've run through at the [center position], whether it's Kevon Looney, whether it's Damian Jones, anybody that they've brought in, they are looking for that guy that can be that athletic center, that can be switchable defensively, that's gonna be able to block some shots, that can rebound the ball, that can run in transition and James Wiseman is the guy that makes the most sense to me.

"He's 7-foot, he's got a 7-foot-6 wingspan, he's got all the tools to be a really good defender at the NBA level and I think he has a developing offensive skill set that should allow him to space the floor a little bit.

Dauster did add a bit of caution with Wiseman. The 18-year-old began his college career at Memphis, but was ruled ineligible on Nov. 14. In the summer of 2017, Memphis coach Penny Hardaway paid $11.500 to help Wiseman's family move from Nashville, Tenn. to Memphis.

A little over a month later, Wiseman decided to leave Memphis and declared for the NBA Draft. He ended up playing in just three games for the Tigers.

"Now, the thing about Wiseman is that there are always questions about his competitiveness and whether or not he loves basketball," Dauster said. "Of all the red flags you see come along with big guys that kind of loff their way through high school and loff their way through college a little bit, and it hasn't been helped by the fact that he basically quit on his Memphis team earlier this month. There are red flags involved with him, but if you have a guy with competitiveness issues, I think the absolutely perfect fit for him would be to put him in a locker room with guys like Draymond Green and Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. You're not going to be able to loff when you have those guys to answer to after every single practice and after every game.

The other issue Dauster brought up is the Warriors' window to compete for an NBA championship. Assuming Curry and Thompson are healthy to begin the 2020-21 season, most experts feel the Warriors will return to the top of the Western Conference standings. But Wiseman might not be ready to compete at that level, according to Dauster.

"Now, the problem there is, Wiseman to me, is probably two or three years from really becoming the guy that you want him to be when you're drafting him and I don't know if you have a two or three year window with this crop of players," Dauster said. "How long is Steph Curry going to be at his peak? How long is Klay Thompson going to be at his peak? Have those guys already crossed that threshold and now on the downside of their careers? So the big question to me is, if you want to use this pick on James Wiseman, are you doing it knowing that you have a year or two before he becomes the guy that can impact the game the way you want him to impact a game?"

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The Warriors will have a big decision on their hands come June. Of course, they could package the draft pick with D'Angelo Russell and bring in an All-Star caliber NBA player.

The options for the Warriors are unlimited. Wiseman will surely garner consideration from the Warriors. But they must do their homework and make sure he's the right fit.

Quakes' Tommy Thompson challenges Steph Curry after making tunnel shot

Quakes' Tommy Thompson challenges Steph Curry after making tunnel shot

During the Warriors' final years at Oracle Arena, Steph Curry capped off his pregame routine with a tunnel shot.

It became a must-see event for anyone attending a Warriors game.

But due to the different layout of Chase Center in San Francisco, Curry had to adjust his tunnel shot. Now the shot has a higher degree of difficulty. He almost made the shot before the regular-season opener against the Clippers.

Curry hasn't been able to try the trick shot for a few months because of his broken left hand, but when he returns, he has some work to do.

This week, San Jose Earthquakes defender Tommy Thompson joined the Harlem Globetrotters for an event at Chase Center and made Curry's trick shot ... with a twist.

After kicking in the tunnel shot, Thompson challenged Curry.

"Can you make that, though?" Thompson said.

Curry has yet to respond to Thompson on Twitter or Instagram, but we're sure he'll have a response once he returns to game action.

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Curry is a wizard when it comes to trick shots, but even this might be tough for him to replicate.

Good luck, Steph.