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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

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mired in their longest losing streak since 2012, the Warriors will try to end it Tuesday night by beating the team that started it.

The Dallas Mavericks made their first visit to Chase Center on Dec. 28 and rolled to a 141-121 victory that snapped the Warriors’ four-game win streak and initiated a losing skid that now is up to eight.

Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30 p.m., with tipoff scheduled for 7:40.

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It’s the first of a three-game homestand this week, as the Warriors (9-32) try to regain some of the rhythm lost due to an assortment of injuries and lineup changes over the past two weeks. It has been 10 seasons since they lost nine in a row.

Dallas (24-15) has endured a few challenges since that Dec. 28 win in San Francisco pushed its record to 21-10, a season-high 11 games over .500. Forward Kristaps Porzingis has missed the last seven games, during which the Mavericks went 3-4. ESPN's Tim MacMahon reported earlier Tuesday that it's "more likely" Porzingis returns Wednesday against the Sacramento Kings rather than Tuesday.

With Porzingis’ availability Tuesday uncertain, Dallas could start Delon Wright at guard, with Tim Hardaway Jr. moving to small forward. Another option is inserting Maxi Kleber at power forward. Both Wright and Kleber have made starts in Porzingis' absence.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Mavericks

F Dorian Finney-Smith
F TBA
C Dwight Powell
G Tim Hardaway Jr.
G Luka Doncic

Warriors

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

INJURY REPORT

Mavericks: F Kristaps Porzingis (right knee soreness) is listed as questionable. F Ryan Broekhoff (left fibula fracture) is listed as out.

Warriors: G Jordan Poole (right ankle contusion) is listed as questionable. G Stephen Curry (left hand fracture), C/F Kevon Looney (left abdominal soreness) and G Klay Thompson (left ACL rehab) are listed as out. G Ky Bowman and G Damion Lee are on assignment with Santa Cruz of the G League, though Lee is not active with the Sea Dubs.

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ROTATION OUTLOOK

Mavericks: If Porzingis is ruled out, it seems the logical move would be to start Wright at shooting guard, with Hardaway moving to small forward and Finney-Smith to power forward. It’s a small lineup, but it’s sound for matchup purposes. ... Doncic posted triple-doubles within three quarters in each of the first two games against the Warriors this season. He has 11 and leads the league in that category, two ahead of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. ... Luka’s 29.1 points per game are particularly impressive considering he averages only 32.9 minutes a night. ... Seth Curry has been the Mavericks' biggest scoring threat off the bench. Stephen’s younger brother is averaging 10.2 ppg and is shooting 39.2 pct. from beyond the arc. ... The Mavericks enter Tuesday having made at least 10 3-pointers in 27 consecutive games, the third-longest such streak in league history. They made a franchise-record 24 in their last win over the Warriors. ... The Mavericks are 18-3 when they shoot at least 45 percent from the field, 0-7 when held below 40 percent.

Warriors: The roster will be particularly fluid this week. C/F Marquese Chriss is expected to re-sign, this time on a two-way contract. Such contracts became available to NBA teams last week. ... In the six games, all losses, since the calendar turned to 2020, the bench has averaged 48.3 points per game, ranking fourth in the NBA. ... In two games against the Mavericks this season, the Warriors allowed a total of 283 points and Dallas accounted for two of its franchise-record three games with at least 140 points. ... Before losing the last three meetings against the Mavs, the Warriors prevailed in 19 of 21 games between the teams. ... At the exact halfway point of the season, the Warriors have used 20 different starting lineups – the same total as they utilized over the entire 2018-19 season. ... The Warriors, who routinely wiped out double-digit deficits over the past four seasons, are 2-25 this season when they fall behind by at least 10 points.

Officials: Sean Wright (crew chief), Mark Lindsay, Mousa Dagher.

NBA rumors: Warriors' Steph Curry targeting March 1 return to lineup

NBA rumors: Warriors' Steph Curry targeting March 1 return to lineup

Steph Curry reportedly is targeting a March 1 return. 

The two-time MVP has not played since breaking his left hand on Oct. 30, and The Athletic's Marcus Thompson has "been told" that Curry hopes to play on March 1 at Chase Center against the Washington Wizards, though the date is not "set in stone."

Curry told Warriors broadcasters Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Golden State's win over the Orlando Magic on Saturday that he has had "no setbacks" rehabbing his broken hand. 

"Rehab is going great, every day is tough,” Curry said Saturday. “When you're hurt, and we've all been there in some way shape or form, its a grind, every day kind of being monotonous with the little strength workouts you have to do, and you understanding that it takes time and patience to get back to 100 percent.”

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Curry is traveling to road games with the Warriors, and the 30-year-old has impressed his teammates and coaches during individual shooting drills. Warriors coach Steve Kerr told the "Posted Up" podcast earlier this month that there was an "excellent chance" Curry would return in March. He'll be re-evaluated Feb. 1, and NBC Sports Bay Area's Kerith Burke wrote last week that a minutes restriction is possible as Curry "gets his wind back."

Before Curry is re-evaluated, though, he reportedly already has a timeline in mind. 

Warriors' Jordan Poole showing more progress after bad start to season

Warriors' Jordan Poole showing more progress after bad start to season

SAN FRANCISCO -- With four seconds left in the third quarter of the Warriors' 190-95 win over Magic on Saturday, Jordan Poole ran full speed to the right-wing with a bucket on his mind. 

Sprinting alongside teammate Omari Spellman, Poole received a pass from the big man, pump faked, took a dribble and drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer, pushing the Warriors lead to 11. 

Walking to the bench, Poole had both arms in the air, and was yelling "Yeahhhh" towards the crowd. Similar plays have been the norm for Poole over the last week as he gradually digs himself out a bad start to his rookie season. 

"He's starting to figure out where his spots are," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "Where his spots are and his comfort zone and how to impact a game." 

Remnants of Poole's improvement were on display early Saturday night. After Golden State went down 13-0 four and a half minutes into the contest, Poole scored 11 first-quarter points, helping Golden State take a 28-25 lead by the end of the period. Poole totaled 21 points for the game, including four 3-pointers, providing another example of his evolution. In his past three outings, Poole is averaging 16 points on 45 percent from the field. 

Such stretches are uncommon considering the start of Poole's career. During his first 29 games -- with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson out of the lineup -- he shot just 25 percent, prompting a demotion to the G League. While his shot was ineffective, it was his propensity to not give all-out effort that drew ire of the coaching staff. On his way down to Santa Cruz, Kerr gave him a player that he'd like Poole to use a blueprint for success: Pelicans guard JJ Redick. More specifically, the shooter's habit of constant movement on the defensive end, complimented by his shooting ability. 

Poole followed suit during his G League stint, averaging 26 points, 5.3 assists and 1.3 steals in three games. The performance has carried over back to the NBA, as he's making 42 percent of his 3-pointers over his last three games. But he showed his  growth six minutes into the third quarter Saturday, when he fought through two screens, moved his feet on Magic guard Evan Fournier before stripping the guard, causing a fast break on the other end, prompting praise from his coach and teammates along the way.  

"He's doing better on defense, handling the ball and making plays," Kerr said. "The game is so fast at this level. Everything happens much faster, so whether you are defending somebody or having to get over a screen or leave a rotation or if you have the ball and you are trying to make a pass, everything just happens quicker than you are used to. I think the time in Santa Cruz helped him gain more confidence and maybe the game has slowed down a bit ... He just looks more confident and comfortable."

"I think his approach has been better," teammate D'Angelo Russell added. "I think that's what's contributed to him successfully on the court. Not just worrying about his shots but his demeanor, his approach is business-like."

Poole's progression comes as the Warriors are in transition. As he works towards a long-term role, organizational cornerstones Curry and Thompson are working their way back from injuries, while Russell -- an All-Star guard -- is giving 20-year old daily lessons on how to be a pro.

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"I'm like a kid in the candy store, especially being able to have Steph, Klay and [Russell]," Poole said on Warriors Postgame Live. "I'm in awe every day. You wouldn't want to be in any other situation." 

As Poole celebrated his buzzer-beater, Curry sat on a makeshift stage, soaking in the rookie's latest step as a pro, leaving compliments along the way. 

"The way that he's fought through his early-season struggles and gone down to Santa Cruz, really able to work on his game, see the floor, get his rhythm and shoot the ball the way he's been doing the last few games," Curry said during NBC Sports Bay Area's broadcast. "That's what an NBA player is made of. It's not going to be pretty but you got to keep coming back to try and make it work."