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


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

SAN FRANCISCO -- With the Knicks in town, the Warriors (5-20) have a good chance at doing something they haven't done in weeks: Win a game at Chase Center. 

History is on Golden State's side, as the Warriors have beaten New York 10 straight times, including the last five matchups in the Bay Area. 

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The Knicks come into Chase Center one week removed from firing head coach David Fizdale under familiar Knick-like circumstances. Since the move, the team has lost their last two games, bringing the league's worst record (4-20) into their only trip to the Bay. 


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

C Taj Gibson
F Marcus Morris
F Julius Randle
G RJ Barrett
G Frank Ntilikina


Warriors: Steph Curry (Left- hand fracture), Klay Thompson (Left knee rehabilitation) are out. Eric Paschall (left hip soreness) is questionable. 

Knicks: Kadeem Allen (G League assignment), Reggie Bullock (Cervical disc herniation), Wayne Ellington (Left Achilles soreness), Ivan Rabb (G League assignment)


Warriors: Despite being listed as questionable for Wednesday's game, rookie forward Eric Paschall believes he'll play. Paschall's streak of double-figure scoring games ended at 13 on Monday night against the Grizzlies. The Warriors still have one of the league's worst defenses, allowing nearly 114 points per contest. Damion Lee is slated to make his return after a month-long absence, which will cut into Jordan Poole's minutes. After averaging nearly 25 minutes for the season, the rookie guard didn't play in Monday's loss to Memphis, a trend that should continue as he attempts to find his shot. 

Knicks: New York has had its share of turmoil over the last week, firing coach Fizdale after a 4-18 start. The news came weeks after Knicks executives Scott Perry and Steve Mills held a postgame press conference criticizing the coach over a roster they created. Julius Randle is averaging 16.7 points, but shooting just 44 percent from the field as a power forward. 

Officials: Eric Lewis (Crew Chief), Gediminas Petraitis, Lauren Holtkamp

Charles Barkley calls Steph Curry, Klay Thompson 'Stay and Kleph'

Charles Barkley calls Steph Curry, Klay Thompson 'Stay and Kleph'

Charles Barkley needs to put some respect on Steph Curry and Klay Thompson.

But first, he needs to figure out how to say their names correctly.

At halftime of the Warriors-Blazers game, the TNT analyst was trying to say "Steph and Klay." Instead, he said this:

It was probably just a slip of the tongue, but considering it came from Barkley, Warriors fans wouldn't be faulted for thinking this was just another slight from the zero-time NBA champion.

All throughout the Warriors' five-year NBA Finals run, Barkley routinely criticized them. He kept saying a jump-shooting team couldn't win a championship (there's so many things wrong with that statement.)

Just last week, Barkley took a shot at Draymond Green, saying "Draymond don't talk as much since he's averaging that triple single."

On opening night in October, Thompson joined the TNT crew for their halftime show and Barkley told the All-Star shooting guard the Warriors wouldn't make the playoffs.

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In the end, Steph and Klay will always have the last laugh over Barkley. They have three rings (and counting). He has none.

Do you know how to say "none" correctly, Chuck?

Warriors' Steve Kerr doesn't have any 'clarity' on Kevon Looney injury

Warriors' Steve Kerr doesn't have any 'clarity' on Kevon Looney injury

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Warriors have spent much of the season seeking answers on Kevon Looney's health. Before Monday's matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers, Steve Kerr had none for his big man's immediate future. 

"I do not have any more clarity," Kerr said. "I was hopeful that he would play at some point by now. But perhaps later in the week."

For the last 13 games, Looney has been out of the lineup with abdominal soreness. Before his latest injury, he was limited with a neuropathic condition, forcing him to miss training camp and the first month of the season. When asked if the two injuries were related, Kerr declined to respond. 

"It's really something I'd rather not expand on,"  he said. "Just because I don't have enough grasp on it."

Looney -- who joined the team on the trip to Portland -- signed a three-year, $14 million contract with the Warriors last summer after becoming an integral piece in the Warriors' last two postseason runs. However, he began to feel discomfort in his hamstring last summer as a result of his neuropathic condition.

He returned in December after seeing a specialist, only to return to the injury report after nine games. Along the way, Looney expressed frustration with his season

"I just want to get my body healthy and work on my game," Looney told NBC Sports Bay Area last month. "I feel like I worked a lot over the summer to expand my range, and being hurt, you're trying to find your rhythm so you go back to what you know, trying to get back to what got me here. So, this season is about getting healthy and my body right, and continue to work on my game and get back to where I was on defense and work on the stuff I've been working on all summer."

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For now, the Warriors are just hoping to get him back on the floor sooner rather than later. 

"He's such a big part of our team,"  Kerr said. "He's such a big part of our team, a huge part of the foundation in the last couple of years."