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

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

Not since Nov. 17 have the Warriors jogged out of a locker room with as many healthy players as they will on Wednesday in Charlotte.

After operating with eight or nine players for each of the past 10 games, 11 are expected to be available to face the Hornets at Spectrum Center. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports begins at 3 o’clock, with tipoff scheduled for 4:10.

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For the first time since Oct. 30, the Warriors (4-18) will have two players -- Draymond Green and Kevon Looney -- that were in the rotation last season. Both will play, though Green is nursing a tender right heel and Looney returned Monday after a five-week absence with neuropathy.

The Hornets (8-14) have lost seven of their last nine games, mostly due to a leaky defense. Their 114.1 defensive rating ranks 29th in the NBA, just ahead of the Wizards (115.9) and behind the Warriors (113.7).

 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F Eric Paschall
F Draymond Green
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Glenn Robinson III
G D’Angelo Russell

Hornets

F Miles Bridges
F PJ Washington
C Bismack Biyombo
G Devonte’ Graham
G Terry Rozier

 

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G D’Angelo Russell (right thumb sprain) is listed as probable. G Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), G Jacob Evans III (L adductor strain), G Damion Lee (right hand non-displaced fracture) and G Klay Thompson (right ACL rehab) are listed as out. F Alen Smailagic is on assignment with G-League Santa Cruz.

Hornets: F Nicolas Batum (left hand soreness) is listed as probable. G/F Caleb Martin, G Cody Martin and F Jalen McDaniels are on assignment with the G-League Greensboro Swarm.

 

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: The anticipated return of Russell should give a boost to an offense that has been struggling to score. His proficiency in pick-and-roll and isolation will immediately diversify the offense against a weak Charlotte defense ... With Green out Monday night in Atlanta, Looney started at PF. With Green expected to go back into the starting lineup, Looney could come off the bench. He still is on a minutes restriction, somewhere in the 15-20 range ... A full second unit could like something like this: PG Ky Bowman, SG Jordan Poole, SF Alec Burks, PF Omari Spellman and either Marquese Chriss or Looney .... Robinson is the only player to start every game this season ... During the team’s morning shootaround, coach Steve Kerr sarcastically suggested he wouldn’t “know what to do” with the newly created depth. And to think, he might add another player by Friday. PG Jacob Evans III could make his return after a five-week absence.

Hornets: They have been starting a small backcourt, as both Graham and Rozier are listed at 6-foot-1. The surprise is that Graham (18.0 ppg), a second-year Kansas product, often has been more effective than Rozier (17.3 ppg), who came over as a free agent after four seasons in Boston ... SF Nicolas Batum, in the fourth season of a five-year contract (player option for 2020-21) worth $120 million, has been plagued by injuries and yet to start a game this season ... SG Dwayne Bacon, who torched the Warriors for a season-high 25 points on Nov. 2 at Chase Center, has since been in and out of the rotation based on the decision of coach James Borrego ... PF Marvin Williams, a longtime starter, has been the team’s most effective Sixth Man, averaging 8.0 points and 2.8 rebounds ... C Cody Zeller started the first 17 games before sustaining a hip contusion last week. He has come off the bench in each of the last two games but could replace Biyombo in the starting lineup Wednesday.

Officials: Ken Mauer (crew chief), Aaron Smith, Johnathan Sterling.

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.