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Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

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Warriors vs. Kings watch guide: Lineups, injury report, player usage

SACRAMENTO -- The Warriors haven't won a game since the calendar flipped to 2020. On Monday, they hope to end that drought against the Kings at Golden 1 Center. 

Golden State (9-28) will have to do so without All-Stars Draymond Green and D'Angelo Russell. However, the Kings (13-23) are dealing with their own troubles, including trade requests and discontentment from star players.

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Entering Monday, the Warriors have lost their last four games, but familiar confines could be fruitful for Golden State. The Warriors have won their last five games in Sacramento dating back to 2017. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
G Glenn Robinson III
F Eric Paschall
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Damion Lee
G Ky Bowman

Kings
F Harrison Barnes
F Nemanja Bjelica
C Rashaun Holmes
G Buddy Hield
G De'Aaron Fox

INJURY REPORT 

Warriors: Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), Draymond Green (ankle sprain), Kevon Looney (left abdominal soreness), D'Angelo Russell (right shoulder contusion), Klay Thompson (left ACL rehabilitation) are out. 

Kings: Marvin Bagley III (left foot sprain) is out, Bogdan Bogdanovic (right ankle soreness) is doubtful. 

ROTATION

Warriors: The prolonged absence of Russell means more time for rookie guard Jordan Poole and two-way guard Ky Bowman. Poole scored four points, adding two steals in Saturday's loss to Detroit after a brief G-League stint. Big man Omari Spellman is expected to get more minutes after a 23-point point performance against the Pistons. 

However, the night will belong to former Kings first-round draft pick Willie Cauley-Stein, who will be making his first appearance at Golden 1 Center as a visitor. He spent his first four seasons in Sacramento after being drafted No. 6 overall by the Kings in 2015.

As the Warriors wait to get healthy, their time with Bowman and Lee are ticking. Entering Monday, they have seven and three days remaining on the roster, respectively.

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Kings: Sacramento is currently in a tailspin. Entering Monday, they've lost 10 of their last 12 games. The stretch comes as the roster is in peril. Last month, guard Buddy Hield openly questioned his offensive role after getting benched late in an overtime loss to the Timberwolves. Additionally, forward Dewayne Dedmon -- who signed a three-year, $40 million contract in July -- was fined $50,000 for publically demanding a trade. 

As for on-court production, the Kings are among the slowest teams in the league, averaging just 98.03 possessions per game, third-worst in the league. 

Officials: James Williams (#60), Eric Dalen, Jason Goldenberg (#35)

NBA rumors: Warriors privately 'cool' on playing when season returns

NBA rumors: Warriors privately 'cool' on playing when season returns

To play or not to play?

That is the question facing the Warriors as the NBA nears a decision on how many teams will participate when the league resumes the 2019-20 season.

While coach Steve Kerr said the team is operating as if the season is over, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that owner Joe Lacob told his fellow owners that the team was "willing" to play if all 30 NBA teams were asked to play.

But ... Wojnarowski also reported, citing sources, that the Warriors have been "far more cool to the idea in private."

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Based on Wojnarowski's reporting from Friday, the NBA Board of Governors are expected to approve commissioner Adam Silver's proposal for a 22-team restart plan later this week, meaning the Warriors -- who hold the worst record in the league -- would not be asked to play any more games this season.

The Warriors don't have anything left to play for this season. They are the only team that has been officially eliminated from playoff contention. Does it make sense for the players to go through several weeks of training camp to play a handful of meaningless games?

"It's a hard thing to put your mind in that space, 'I'm gonna go out here and compete and bust my a-- and know in five games we're just gonna be back in the offseason again,' " Warriors star Steph Curry told former teammate Anthony Morrow recently on "The Life Podcast."

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Would it be advantageous for the Warriors to get a brief look at Curry playing alongside Andrew Wiggins? Sure, but they don't need to risk injury to either player when the goal is making sure the team is ready to bounce back for the 2020-21 season.

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Steph Curry reacts to Damian Lillard's comments on 'meaningless games'

Steph Curry reacts to Damian Lillard's comments on 'meaningless games'

Damian Lillard created headlines last week with his comments about the NBA's potential plans for resuming the 2019-20 season.

"If we come back and they're just like, 'We're adding a few games to finish the regular season,' and they're throwing us out there for meaningless games and we don't have a true opportunity to get into the playoffs, I'm going to be with my team because I'm a part of the team," the Portland Trail Blazers star guard told Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. "But I'm not going to be participating. I'm telling you that right now.

"If we come back and I don't have an opportunity to make the playoffs -- I will show up to work, I'll be at practice and I'll be with my team. I'm going to do all that and then I'm going to be sitting right on that bench during the games."

What is Steph Curry's reaction to that?

"I feel what he's saying because it's hard mentally to go with this long of gap, and then prepare for games you know don't matter," the Warriors' superstar said on the "The Life Podcast" with Anthony Morrow and Justin Jack. "I get it.

"It's a hard thing to put your mind in that space, 'I'm gonna go out here and compete and bust my a-- and know in five games we're just gonna be back in the offseason again.'"

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Golden State did re-open Chase Center facilities Monday so players could work out again, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area's Logan Murdock. 

But all indications are that the Warriors won't be playing any additional games this season, and will not be included among the teams that eventually will take the court in Orlando.

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"Between now and Thursday's vote of the board of governors on the plan to restart the season, the NBA is working to complete the details of a 22-team format," ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe wrote Monday.

So for Lillard and the Blazers -- who currently sit in a three-way tie for ninth place in the Western Conference -- it appears they will get the opportunity to claw their way into the playoffs.

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