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

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

OAKLAND -- There may be only one way a 21st Century shooting guard without a reliable 3-point shot can glide into the Hall of Fame.

Answer to the name Dwyane Wade.

Wade makes his final appearance at Oracle Arena on Sunday, when the Miami Heat face the Warriors. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:00 p.m. with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:35 p.m.

This being Wade’s last season in the NBA, the 37-year-old is on his retirement tour, coming off the bench occasionally flashing the form that made him great and then swapping jerseys with select opponents afterward.

Wade’s career will include 14 All-Star games, eight All-NBA selections and three NBA championships. Not bad for someone with a 3-ball (29.1 percent for his career) that struck no fear into opponents. He did it with guile, grit, fearlessness and athleticism. He is among the most respected players in the league.

Though Wade is listed as questionable, he likely will suit up because that’s his MO.

The Warriors (39-15) know they’ll have to compete anytime they face Wade and the Heat. And also bring pads and the ointment cabinet against a squad with a reputation for bumping and bruising.

Miami (25-28) is in the middle of a five-game road trip, having won at Portland last Tuesday and lost at Sacramento on Friday.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F Kevin Durant
F Draymond Green
C DeMarcus Cousins
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Heat

F Josh Richardson
F Kelly Olynyk
C Hassan Whiteside
G Dion Waiters
G Justise Winslow

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F/G Andre Iguodala (left hamstring tightness), G Jacob Evans (left pelvic soreness) and C Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) are listed as out.

Heat: Wade (back contusion) is listed as questionable. G Goran Dragic (right knee surgery) and F/G Derrick Jones Jr. (right knee bone bruise) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: The Warriors tend to be cautious with Iguodala’s lower body issues, so it's not surprising that he will sit, especially with a Tuesday-Wednesday back-to-back set against Western Conference contenders Utah and Portland.

With Iguodala ruled out, PG Shaun Livingston and F Alfonzo McKinnie will be in line for more minutes.

[RELATED: Warriors' bench comes to the rescue in victory over Suns]

PF Jonas Jerebko played well on Friday and, despite being out of the rotation for much of January, may have earned another shot. He’ll mix it up, and that can come in handy against the Heat.

Thompson has been sizzling over the pass three games, shooting 66.7 percent from the field, including 70.6 percent from deep.

Heat: Wade took a hard fall against the Kings but returned to the game. His status will be updated before tipoff.

If he can’t go, the primary reserves will be C/F Bam Adebayo, F James Johnson and G/F Rodney McGruder. PF Ryan Anderson, acquired four days ago in a trade with Phoenix, did not play Friday in his home area of Sacramento but could see time Sunday.

Though Richardson is the leading scorer (17.4 ppg), Whiteside has been their best player -- while also being wildly inconsistent.

Heat strengths: defense (third in field goal percentage defense) and offensive rebounding (fifth), the latter being an area where the Warriors have been vulnerable. Heat weaknesses: shooting (27th), 3-point defense (23rd) and turnovers (23rd).

Officials: Ed Malloy (chief), Kevin Cutler, Jason Goldenberg.

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 4 live online

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Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 4 live online

The Warriors were back to their dominant selves in Game 3 of the NBA playoffs, and on this Easter Sunday, they look to take a resounding 3-1 first round series lead. 

After taking a 31-point lead in Game 2, the Warriors fell asleep before responding in Game 3. But for Game 4, the Dubs aren't worried about taking a step back.

Sunday will be an early start, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The Warriors are down two centers with DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Jones ruled out.

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Clippers Game 4 on ABC, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's "SNC: Warriors Playoff Central" pregame and postgame coverage live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

When: 12:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, April 21, on ABC (pregame show starts on NBC Sports Bay Area Plus at 11:30 a.m.)
Pregame show live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app
Game live stream: WatchESPN

Kevon Looney would 'love to stay' with Warriors, hopes it works out

Kevon Looney would 'love to stay' with Warriors, hopes it works out

LOS ANGELES -- Aware that Steve Kerr one day earlier urged the Warriors to offer him a long-term contract, Kevon Looney paused and broke into a broad grin at the mention of it Saturday.

“Yeah, I heard what he said,” Looney said. “It’s good to have that kind of support from the coach. I hope it works out.”

Kerr made it clear Friday that he was glad Looney did not leave upon becoming a free agent last summer, adding he believes the 23-year-old center/forward had done enough to earn a long-term deal -- and that he hopes it’s with the Warriors.

So does Looney, who has become a staple of the team’s playing rotation.

“I’d love to stay here,” he said. “I like being on this team. I want to be there when Chase Center opens later this year.”

Looney is earning $1.57 million this season. The valuable backup becomes an unrestricted free agent in July, the second consecutive summer he will hit the market.

[RELATED: Why Iguodala hopes Looney leaves]

This time, however, the Warriors have Bird rights on Looney, giving them considerable financial flexibility to pursue a new contract.

“For two years now, he has been a rock for us,” Kerr said Saturday morning. “So when I mentioned that [Friday], yeah, I really hope that’s here. I want him to be here for a long time. I think everybody in this locker room wants Loon to be rewarded for his effort.”

Looney set career highs in games played (80), minutes (18.5 per game), points (6.3 points per game) and rebounds (5.2 per game), among other categories, during the 2018-19 regular season. He has averaged 11.7 points in the Warriors' three playoff games thus far.