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

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

SAN FRANCISCO – Warriors fans get their first glimpse at the newest version of the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, and they’ll quickly realize they are very different from the Warriors of three days ago.

Forward Andrew Wiggins, acquired Thursday in a trade that sent D’Angelo Russell to Minnesota, will make his Warriors debut against the Lakers at Chase Center. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:30, with the ABC game telecast scheduled to tipoff scheduled for 5:40.

In addition to Wiggins, other new faces on the Warriors roster are shooting guard Zach Norvell, forward Juan Toscano-Anderson and point guard Jeremy Pargo, who is signed to a 10-day contract. Toscano-Anderson and Pargo were called up from G-League affiliate Santa Cruz, with Norvell signed to a 10-day contract from the G-League South Bay Lakers. Point guard Ky Bowman and power forward Alen Smailagic are returning after a couple weeks with Santa Cruz.

After trading five players this week, replacing most with draft picks, the Warriors (12-40) will be using their 25th different starting lineup this season.

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Playing at home for the first time since an accident took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his teenage daughter and seven others, the Warriors will pay tribute before and during the game against the Lakers. Black tribute T-shirts will be distributed to all fans and there will be a video presentation dedicated to Bryant’s legacy. The Chase Center exterior lights will glow purple and gold, signifying the colors of the Lakers upon completion of the game.

The Lakers (38-11), obviously affected by the loss of one of their legends, have since split four games but remain atop the Western Conference.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Lakers

F LeBron James
F Anthony Davis
C JaVale McGee
G Danny Green
G  Avery Bradley

Warriors

F Andrew Wiggins
F Eric Paschall
C Marquese Chriss
G Damian Lee
G Ky Bowman

INJURY REPORT

Lakers: F Anthony Davis (R index finger sprain) is listed as probable. C DeMarcus Cousins (R knee rehabilitation) is listed as out.

Warriors: F Juan Toscano-Anderson (L pelvic contusion) is listed as probable. F Draymond Green (low back tightness) has been ruled out. G Stephen Curry (L hand fracture) and G Klay Thompson (L ACL rehabilitation) are listed as out.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Lakers: Davis is averaging a team-high 26.5 ppg and 9.2 rpg. James, generally operating as a point guard, is averaging 25.1 ppg, 10.8 apg and 7.7 rpg. Each is averaging 35 mpg ... F Kyle Kuzma, the subject of trade talk prior to the deadline, remains in the Sixth Man role. He is averaging 12.9 ppg over 24.9 mpg ... Also coming off the bench are SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (9.6 ppg), C Dwight Howard (7.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg) and PG Rajon Rondo (7.4 ppg, 5.4 apg) ... With Davis Howard and McGee on the roster, it’s no surprise that Lakers lead the NBA blocks at 7.0 per game. Davis averages 2.44, McGee 1.65 and Howard 1.38. All three are in the top 20 in that category ... The Lakers are gaining a reputation for the comeback. Of their 38 wins, 10 required wiping out double-digit deficits.

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Warriors: Here’s an updated look at the active roster, by position, as of Saturday: PG – Bowman and Pargo; SG: Lee, Norvell and Jordan Poole; SF: Toscano-Anderson and Wiggins; PF: Green, Eric Paschall and Smailagic; C/F: Chriss and Kevon Looney ... In 42 games with the Timberwolves, Wiggins averaged 22.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 3.7 apg. He shot 44.4 pct. from the field, 33.1 pct. from deep and 72.0 pct. from the line. His season-high of 40 points came on Nov. 8 against the Warriors ... Pargo averaged 17.1 ppg and 6.1 apg in 31 games with Santa Cruz, while Toscano-Anderson averaged 12.5 ppg and 9.0 rpg in 31 games. Norvell played 29 games with the South Bay Lakers, averaging 15.2 ppg, shooting 39.6 pct. from distance.

Officials: Kane Fitzgerald (crew chief), Tre Maddox, Leon Wood.

Andrew Wiggins-Steph Curry duo's potential shown in Warriors NBA 2K sim

Andrew Wiggins-Steph Curry duo's potential shown in Warriors NBA 2K sim

Editor’s note: With the NBA season halted over coronavirus concerns, Warriors fans have unanswered questions about the team and how it’s building toward the future. To provide answers, NBC Sports Bay Area will simulate some previously scheduled Warriors games through NBA 2K, mixing video-game results with real-life insights for our coverage team.

Even amid the NBA season suspension due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Andrew Wiggins enters the spring as the Warriors' biggest question mark.

A former No. 1 overall draft pick, Wiggins' potential drops jaws, while his inconsistency is head-scratching. Upon arrival, the Warriors believed his ability would bode well alongside Steph Curry and the team's culture.

In a simulation of the March 28 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder using NBA 2K20, Wiggins showed promise towards that goal in a 117-110 loss.

In the digital confines, Wiggins finished with 35 points, getting most of his buckets within the flow of the Warriors' motion offense.

"I think he really fits well," Draymond Green said of Wiggins last month. "As seamless as it could possibly be, I think he can fit right in. He can score the basketball, he can run the wings, he's a pretty good defender. So I think he'll definitely fit in with this core for a long time."

Similar performances weren't as consistent during Wiggins' first four seasons in Minnesota. Wiggins didn't live up to the expectations that come with being a franchise player. His offensive inconsistency quickly drew the ire of NBA observers. Worse, Wiggins became one of the worst defenders in the league, even after he signed a five-year, $145 million contract.

Nonetheless, the Warriors saw potential in the 25-year old, trading former All-Star point guard D'Angelo Russell, along with Jacob Evans and Omari Spellman, in part to pair Wiggins with Curry. In the 2K simulation, the pairing worked, as the tandem combined for 62 points on the night.

The performance was consistent with Wiggins' lone real-world game alongside the former MVP. Against the Raptors back on March 5, the duo combined for 44 points in Curry's return from a broken left hand.

Curry's first highlight against the Raptors came with the help of his Canadian teammate, when he took a dribble in the lane, drew a double-team and fired a behind the back pass to Wiggins in the lane, leading to an easy layup, surprising Wiggins in the process.

"I didn't even know it was coming, really," Wiggins admitted after the loss to the Raptors. "I was kind of watching like it may come, but then when he went behind the back I was just trying to catch it. It was a hell of a pass."

"I'm very excited," Wiggins added. "He's an MVP player, one of the greats. He helped transition the game with his 3s and how fast he plays. So, I'm excited."

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Wiggins' virtual performance Saturday coincided with his strong play during his short stint in the Bay Area. In his last five games, he averaged 20 points on 46 percent shooting from the field. If Wiggins continues to build on his current play, the Warriors will see the potential they've wanted all along, making for an intriguing process Wiggins says he's ready for.

"I feel like I've adjusted well," Wiggins told NBC Sports Bay Area earlier in March. "I've never played with anyone as good as him. By far, he's the best player that I've played with. Just getting a chance to learn from him and feeding off him and just learning."

Watch every Steph Curry 3-pointer with Warriors from 30 feet and beyond

Watch every Steph Curry 3-pointer with Warriors from 30 feet and beyond

Today is the 30th day in March.

Warriors superstar Steph Curry wears No. 30.

Obviously, that means you should watch every single 3-pointer the two-time NBA MVP has made in his career from 30 feet and beyond.

Thank you to our friends at the Warriors for making this possible:

You watched all 87, right? What's your favorite?

Is it the famous 37-footer against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 27, 2016? What about the 62-footer he swished at the end of the third quarter in Game 6 of the 2015 Western Conference semifinals against the Memphis Grizzlies?

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There just are so many incredible ones to choose from.

Now go spend 10 more minutes watching all 87 again ...

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