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Warriors vs. Mavericks watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

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Warriors vs. Mavericks watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

Feeling good about themselves after snapping a seven-game losing streak Tuesday night in Memphis, the Warriors landed in Dallas early Wednesday morning to face the Mavericks in the second night of a back-to-back road set.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3:30 p.m. PT, with tipoff from American Airlines Center scheduled for 4:40.

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After struggling on defense over the first three weeks of the season, the Warriors (3-12) are starting to show bite. They held Memphis to 95 points on 40.9-percent shooting to win for the first time since defeating the Trail Blazers on Nov. 4 at Chase Center. Golden State, however, will be without Draymond Green on the second night of the back-to-back. He'll miss the game with right heel soreness

The Mavericks (8-5) are off to their best start since 2015. The European combination of guard/forward Luka Doncic and 7-foot-3 big man Kristaps Porzingis has been among the most productive duos in the league this season.

While the Warriors are trying to win two in a row for the first time this season, Dallas is chasing its first three-game win streak.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F Glenn Robinson III
F Eric Paschall
C Willie Cauley-Stein
G Alec Burks
G Ky Bowman

Mavericks

F Dorian Finney-Smith
F Kristaps Porzingis
C Dwight Powell
G Jalen Brunson
G Luka Doncic

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: G Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), G Jacob Evans III (left adductor strain), G Damion Lee (right hand non-displaced fracture), F Draymond Green (right heel soreness), F Kevon Looney (neuropathy), G D’Angelo Russell (right thumb sprain), F Alen Smailagic and G Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) are listed as out.

Looney and Smailagic are on assignment with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors.

Mavericks: G Seth Curry (illness) is listed as questionable.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: The Warriors have found their best defensive starting lineup, one in which Cauley-Stein, at 7-feet, is surrounded by four teammates all roughly 6-6. The switching through the last three games have been superb.

Cauley-Stein, whose history does not suggest rim protection, has had at least one black in seven consecutive games, a personal career-best streak. Another move made by the coaching staff in the past several games is playing big men Marquese Chriss and Omari Spellman together. Both seem to benefit. Those two, along with Cauley-Stein, totaled 32 points and 20 rebounds against the Grizzlies.

Burks is averaging 18.7 points per game over the last three games while shooting 92 percent from the line. Since Oct. 30 against the Suns, every healthy member of the team has gotten minutes. Wednesday's player availability count: Nine.

Mavericks: If Seth Curry is cleared to play, he could move into the starting lineup. He has started nine of 13 games, including the last five in a row.

Porzingis, averaging 18.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg while playing 32 minutes per game, is getting better by the day. He missed 20 minutes in the wake of surgery to repair a severely torn ACL in his left knee.

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Tim Hardaway Jr., acquired to provide offense off the bench, has been struggling. He’s shooting 34.4 percent from the field, including 29.5 percent from beyond the arc, while averaging 22.2 minutes per game.

The team’s most productive reserve has been backup guard Delon Wright, who is averaging 8.1 points per game while shooting 53.3 percent from the field.

Officials: Ed Malloy (crew chief), Scott Twardoski, JB DeRosa.

Warriors' Steve Kerr says trade rumors don't affect D'Angelo Russell

Warriors' Steve Kerr says trade rumors don't affect D'Angelo Russell

D'Angelo Russell is rapidly approaching a date some NBA observers have circled since the Warriors acquired him this summer.

Golden State can trade Russell as soon as Sunday, Dec. 15, and the 23-year-old has been the source of trade speculation during his time in the Bay Area. The Athletic's Jon Krawczynski reported Wednesday, citing sources that the Minnesota Timberwolves "remain interested in Russell" and that the guard "seems to be realistic in understanding that he may not be long for the Warriors once Steph Curry and Klay Thompson return to full health."

Russell is averaging a career-high 22.4 points per game this season to go with 6.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds, serving as the top offensive option in the absence of his All-Star teammates. He knew he wouldn't play much with Thompson this season as he recovers from a torn ACL, but Curry's broken hand threw a wrench into the Warriors' -- and thus Russell's -- prospects this season. Warriors coach Steve Kerr praised how Russell has handled the rumors surrounding him. 

"Money doesn't buy peace of mind," Kerr said Friday morning (H/T San Francisco Chronicle's Connor Letourneau). "It doesn't buy a sense of belonging, a sense of, 'Alright, this is my team.' If there's speculation that you're going to be traded all the time, I don't care how much money you make, I don't care who you are. That's tough. That's no fun to deal with, and this season has been nowhere close to what D'Angelo thought it would be when he first signed with us.

"There's no Steph. We're struggling to win games. He's had his own injuries, and we're throwing all kinds of different lineups out there based on the other injuries we've faced." 

Russell has played in just 15 of the Warriors' 27 games this season, playing on a team that looks far more like the Los Angeles Lakers of his first two seasons than the playoff-contending Brooklyn Nets a year ago -- let alone the reigning Western Conference champion Warriors. 

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Kerr, who entered this season with the highest winning percentage in NBA history (.785), is as aware of Golden State's dramatically different reality as anyone. He said it has only brought out the best in Russell. 

"So given all that, he's played really well, and he's been a great teammate and he's doing everything he needs to do to solidify his position here," Kerr continued. "But this is the NBA here, and we never know what's coming, what's happening. So, it's a difficult position to be in in general, but for him in particular it's strange set of circumstances and he's handling it really well." 

Whether or not the Warriors trade Russell, it's clear Kerr holds him in high regard.

Watch Warriors' Ky Bowman dominate for Santa Cruz in G League debut

Watch Warriors' Ky Bowman dominate for Santa Cruz in G League debut

Warriors two-way guard Ky Bowman made his G League debut Friday night in Santa Cruz.

He dominated the Agua Caliente Clippers of Ontario. 

The Boston College product could have scored 40 points if he really wanted to, but he picked his spots and made sure his teammates were getting good looks.

After shootaround in Utah on Friday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked what Bowman can work on while he's with the Sea Dubs.

"He's got a really aggressive mindset -- which I like -- but there are still circumstances and situations where he needs to think more pass," Kerr said. "And more strategic, rather than just score, score, score."

Bowman clearly listened to the eight-time NBA champion.

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Also, "Sky Bowman" was on full display.

The 22-year-old will be back in action Sunday afternoon as Santa Cruz faces the Northern Arizona Suns. Watch the game at 2:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Bay Area.

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