OAKLAND -- Few things in the NBA are harder than winning the second part of a back-to-back set after playing into overtime the previous night.
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That’s the challenge the Warriors (11-3) face Tuesday night at Oracle Arena, where they face the Atlanta Hawks (3-10). Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 5 p.m. with Happy Hour, followed by Warriors Pregame at 6:30 p.m. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:35 p.m.
The task will be tougher after the Warriors suspended All-Star power forward Draymond Green for tonight's game due to conduct detrimental to the team.
The Hawks, on a three-game trip through the Western Conference, have lost their last four, including a 107-106 nail-biter to the Lakers on Sunday in Los Angeles.
F Kevin Durant
F Jonas Jerebko
C Damian Jones
G Klay Thompson
G Quinn Cook
F Taurean Prince
F Omari Spellman
C Alex Len
G Kent Bazemore
G Trae Young
C DeMarcus Cousins (L Achilles’ tendon surgery rehab) and G Stephen Curry (L groin strain) are listed as out.
G/F Justin Anderson (L tibial stress syndrome), F/C John Collins (L ankle soreness) and C Dewayne Dedmon (personal reasons) are listed as out.
Jones will start at center, with Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney coming off the bench. Distribution of minutes is based on effectiveness, so it gets hazy after that. Though Looney is the least athletic, he is averaging the most minutes because he’s the most reliable.
Though Cook will start at point guard, his minutes may be affected by his production. Both Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston will take turns at point guard.
Rookie point guard Trae Young has been spectacular at times but often erratic. He’s a deep shooter but is making 28.4 percent of his 3-point attempts. Until he finds rhythm, Atlanta’s offense won’t scare anybody.
Prince is a streak shooter. Not until he proves he can make 3s will the Warriors pay more than cursory attention to him.
Key players off the bench are point guard Jeremy Lin, shooting guard Miles Plumlee, small forward DeAndre’ Bembry and -- hold your breath -- 41-year-old small forward Vince Carter.