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Warriors vs. Hornets watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

Warriors vs. Hornets watch guide: Lineups, injuries and player usage

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors have owned the Charlotte Hornets lately, winning 11 of the last 14 meetings and five of the last seven at home. 

However, with Stephen Curry out until at least the All-Star break, the Hornets are eager to change the trend Saturday at Chase Center. 

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 5:40.

The Warriors' injuries are piling up, as Draymond Green won't play Saturday after he tore a ligament in his left index finger during Friday's loss to the San Antonio Spurs. D'Angelo Russell won't play, either, as he will sit with a right ankle sprain. 

The Hornets will love their chances against the Warriors' short-handed lineup on the second night of a back-to-back. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS 

Warriors

G Ky Bowman
G Jordan Poole
F Glenn Robinson III
F Eric Paschall
C Willie Cauley-Stein 

Hornets

G Terry Rozier
G Dwayne Bacon
F Miles Bridges
F PJ Washington
C Steven Adams

INJURY REPORT

Hornets: Nicolas Batum (fractured left finger), Jalen McDaniels (G League assignment), Robert Franks and Kobi Simmons (G League, Two-Way) are out.

Warriors: Stephen Curry (fractured left hand), Jacob Evans III (left adductor strain), Draymond Green (left index finger sprain) Kevon Looney (neuropathy), Alen Smailagić (right ankle sprain), D'Angelo Russell (right ankle sprain) and Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation) are out.

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ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: At 1-4, Golden State is off to its worst start since the 2009-10 season.

Rookie Jordan Poole -- who is averaging 10.6 points through five games -- scored a career-high 20 points Friday night, and he should be in line for more minutes with Russell out.

Since 2009, the Warriors are 43-67 without Curry in the lineup. 

Hornets: Charlotte entered Saturday tied for first in the NBA in 3-point percentage (41.9). 

Former Celtic Terry Rozier is averaging 15.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game in his first season with the Hornets. Rookie PJ Washington's 13 made 3-pointers were the second-most among rookies entering Saturday, and he leads them in 3-point percentage (52.0).

Forward Miles Bridges has been impressive in his second NBA season, averaging 14.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. 

OFFICIALS: Tom Washington (No. 49), Courtney Kirkland (No. 61) and John Butler (No. 53).

Why Bob Myers questioned decision to trade Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson

Why Bob Myers questioned decision to trade Alec Burks, Glenn Robinson

Steve Kerr was hired as head coach of the Warriors in May 2014.

Since then, you have heard countless references to the incredible "culture" within the Golden State organization.

And despite the fact the Dubs have the worst record in the NBA right now, that culture remains strong. The foundation is rock solid.

Oh, you want an example? Glad you asked.

President of basketball operations/general manager Bob Myers provided the following anecdote during a podcast appearance on "The TK Show" with Tim Kawakami of The Athletic:

"The night we traded (Alec) Burks and (Glenn) Robinson -- that was a little bit of a gut-wrenching thing for the people on the team. Those guys were good players and good guys and did everything we asked of them.

"And I had a moment, too. I started questioning. We're really kind of ripping our fabric apart here. And (assistant general manager) Mike Dunleavy -- who played 15 years -- said, 'Here's the other side of that coin: The fact that guys are in tears -- and we've only won 10 games or 12 games and don't want to leave -- says something about what you guys have created.'

"So I'm proud of that part ... it sucks to lose. But what makes it good or bad are the people."

Strong stuff.

Neither Burks or Robinson III wanted to be traded. Even when they found out they were going to a contender in the Philadelphia 76ers, they still were upset.

"To play those consistent minutes a night and perform well ... that’s the most disappointing part about coming here is that -- both of us are coming off career years where we’re looking at hopefully big numbers after the season," Robinson recently told Spencer Davies of Basketball Insiders. "I know I’ve got a family to feed. So you think about all those things.

"All those things play a role, and then when you come here and your role’s not really explained or you don’t know what’s going on with the trade -- it’s not like it was a trade where you come in and immediately have an impact. It’s a little different, so ...

"This team is full of wings, full of guys who can play. So really, I don’t really understand it. But it’s a business, you’ve got to make it happen and go out and try to do your best every night.”

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It is a business, and Myers and the front office had an opportunity to acquire three second-round draft picks, so they jumped on it.

But the human element is very real, which caused Myers to second-guess the trade.

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New Warriors guard Mychal Mulder eager to help after G League stints

New Warriors guard Mychal Mulder eager to help after G League stints

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Warriors' newest guard, Mychal Mulder, signed his 10-day contract just after shootaround on Thursday afternoon. By the end of the deal, the former Sioux Falls Skyforce guard hopes to play his way into a longer role with Golden State. 

Mulder got the call from a Warriors staffer Tuesday evening, asking if the guard was interested following a 100-99 victory over the Austin Spurs. Unsure of the number, he declined the call. When the number called again, he eagerly accepted the early morning flight to the Bay Area. 

"We want to offer you a 10-day," Mulder recalled the official saying. "I know it's late at night, but would you be willing to get on a flight over here at 6:00 a.m.?

"And I was like, 'Sir, I'll get on a flight anytime you want me to. I'll go right now if you want.' "

His arrival is needed. A competent 3-point shooter, he made 39 percent of his shots from beyond the arc in 33 appearances. As Mulder's makes accumulated, the Warriors have made just 33 percent of their 3-pointers on the season, the third-worst mark in the NBA. 

Mulders' career has been defined by movement. After light recruitment out of high school, he attended Vincennes University, averaging 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore, earning a scholarship to Kentucky. Following a two-year stint with the Wildcats, he went undrafted, and then had stints with the Skyforce where he earned a training camp invite with the Miami Heat in September.

On Thursday, he credited the G League with his development. 

"I got a ton of love, a ton of respect for the G," he said. "Me being a Juco guy too, I'm kind of a guy that understands the long road, the path less traveled. And the growth of the G League over the last five, 10 years or so, even the last three that I've been in it, it's been amazing to see." 

With the Skyforce, former Warriors guard Jarrett Jack was Mulder's teammate, giving the 25-year-old journeymen sage advice on his way out of the G League. 

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"He was the first one to call me talking about, 'I'm going to call those guys down there and make sure they take care of you. And anything you need, give me a call. I'll have it for you in 30 minutes. I'm going to take care of you.'

"It's great to have a vet like that around," Mulder added. "And you can really see it, how he interacts with the guys and the rookie guys, he makes us so much better and helps us learn and get over that learning curve so much faster."

Now, In his first 10 days in Golden State, Mulder is expected to join the team in upcoming matchups against the Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns, Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers. Nonetheless, Mulder feels confident he can provide value to a battered roster. 

"Whatever role these guys want me in, I'm absolutely happy to do it," he said. "Whether it's shoot the ball, whether it's make plays for others, whether it's wave a towel. I'm out here to do whatever I can do for the team and help the team win to the best of my abilities, and that's all my job is."