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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.

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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 coach Steve Kerr wishes 49ers well in Super Bowl 54 vs. Chiefs

Warriors coach Steve Kerr wishes 49ers well in Super Bowl 54 vs. Chiefs

Draymond Green might not be rooting for the 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, but one other prominent member of the Warriors’ organization will be.

Coach Steve Kerr delivered a message via social media on Friday, wishing the Niners well as they prepare to take on the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on Feb. 2.

"I just wanna say good luck to the 49ers," Kerr said. "Everybody's pulling for you guys, let's go."

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Draymond said after shootaround on Friday that he’ll be rooting for the Chiefs, whose roster features his close friend, defensive end Frank Clark.

Both Kerr and Green happen to know a thing or two about winning championships, but only one of them will be happy with the result from Miami.

How Warriors gain flexibility in Willie Cauley-Stein trade to Mavs

How Warriors gain flexibility in Willie Cauley-Stein trade to Mavs

SAN FRANCISCO -- Willie Cauley-Stein walked out of shootaround, down a long corridor that leads to the Warriors' locker room in Chase Center late Friday morning in preparation for a game scheduled hours later against the Indiana Pacers. The trek marked the big man's last as a member of Golden State.

By Saturday morning, Cauley-Stein officially was traded to the Dallas Mavericks in exchange for the Utah Jazz's second-round draft pick in 2020, ending his short tenure in the Bay Area. Along the way, the Warriors set themselves up for future flexibility. 

In the immediate aftermath, the Warriors shed Cauley-Stein's current $2.17 million salary and his $2.8 million player option for the 2020-21 season, while freeing up an open roster spot for this season and beyond. From a financial perspective, it sank Golden State $2.57 million below the hard cap, according to ESPN's Bobby Marks. Additionally, the Warriors have enough salary space to convert the two-way deals of either Ky Bowman or Marquese Chriss. 

Six months ago, Cauley-Stein came to Warriors in search of career revitalization. After four years in Sacramento, he demanded that the Kings rescind his qualifying offer to make him a free agent last summer. After garnering more lucrative offers from other teams, he chose to sign a one-year contract with Golden State, which included the player option. With a new contract, the center hoped to keep the Warriors' postseason streak alive while earning a payday next summer. 

However, those wishes didn't come to fruition. A week before training camp, Cauley-Stein sprained his foot, causing the center to miss the first month of the season. His injury, coupled with Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney missing significant time, led to a lost season for the big man.

Nonetheless, Cauley-Stein expressed a desire to stay with the Warriors long term, citing his relationship with coach Steve Kerr. 

"He wants to build a relationship with you," Cauley-Stein told NBC Sports Bay Area last month. "I think, in the past I hadn't had a relationship with my coach. [Former Kings coach Dave] Joerger, me and him had a pretty good rapport, pretty good, like cordial, but we never had like in-depth conversations about life and stuff like that, and the first couple of conversations I had with coach Kerr was real-life stuff and that hit home with me like, 'Damn, he really tried to get to know me.' "

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Unfortunately for Cauley-Stein, he won't get to continue that relationship with Kerr.

Now, with Dallas in need of a center with the loss of Dwight Powell, his hope to find a similar relationship with Rick Carlisle will immediately start in a Mavericks uniform.