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

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

OAKLAND - After a successful four-game road trip, the champs are back home, starting a three-game home stretch against the Indiana Pacers Thursday night.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:00 pm with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame Live at 6:30 and a scheduled 7:30 pm tip-off from Oracle Arena.

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Entering Thursday, Indiana has lost three straight games, but, despite a season-ending injury to Victor Oladipo, coach Nate McMillan has the Pacers fourth in the Eastern Conference. 

Here's everything you need to know about the matchup.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant 
F Draymond Green
C DeMarcus Cousins
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Pacers
F Thaddeus Young
F Bojan Bogdanovic
C Myles Turner
G Cory Joseph
G Wesley Matthews

INJURY REPORT 

Warriors: Damian Jones (Left Pectoral Surgery) is out

Pacers: G Darren Collison (Right quad contusion) is out, G Victor Oladipo (Right knee surgery) is out.

ROTATIONS

Warriors

Golden State has won three of their last four games. Cousins, who missed the Warriors' last two games, is expected to return Thursday evening. In the last matchup against Indiana, Cousins had a then-season-high 22 points, adding six points and four assists. 

A repeat performance from Boogie Thursday will be vital for a team that's lost three of their last five games at home. 

Pacers

Despite Oladipo's knee injury, Indiana still finds itself in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Pacers have supplemented Oladipo's scoring by a balanced attack. Each of Indiana's starting five is averaging double figures, including forward Bojan Bogdanovic, who is averaging 17.8 points and 4.1 rebounds, shooting 49.5 percent from the field and 41.9 percent from beyond the arc.

Steph Curry believes Sabrina Ionescu has basketball 'in great hands'

Steph Curry believes Sabrina Ionescu has basketball 'in great hands'

Two Bay Area legends were in attendance Friday night at Haas Pavilion when the University of Oregon women's basketball team played Cal. One was on the floor, and one was in the seats. 

Warriors star Steph Curry brought his two daughters, Riley and Ryan, to watch Oregon's Sabrina Ionescu. The Walnut Creek native recorded her 25th career triple-double as the Ducks downed the Bears, 93-61.

On Saturday, Curry paid his respects to Ionescu, who is a huge fan of the two-time NBA MVP.

"The game is in great hands," Steph wrote on Instagram, with a picture of him and Ionescu after the game.

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Ionescu dropped 17 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in what was her seventh triple-double of her senior season. She is nine rebounds away from becoming college basketball’s first 2,000-point, 1,000-rebound, 1,000-assist player.

"The competitive nature that she has, you can't teach that," Curry told Pac-12 Network's Kate Scott. "She could be blessed with all the talent in the world, but if she didn't have that, she wouldn't be who she was."

Ionescu, who starred at Miramonte High School in Orinda before going to Oregon, is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft. She is averaging 17.1 points, 8.8 assists and 8.7 rebounds per game for the Ducks.

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While she's dominating on the floor, Ionescu certainly is excited for Curry's return to the court. Steph participated in his first live scrimmage at Warriors practice Saturday, after breaking his hand in the fourth game of the season, and he's eyeing a March 1 return to Golden State's lineup.

Basketball is in better hands when the two Bay Area legends are healthy and putting on a show in their sport. 

Watch Anthony Edwards, top NBA draft prospect, throw down poster dunk

Watch Anthony Edwards, top NBA draft prospect, throw down poster dunk

Anthony Edwards can get up and throw it down.

The Georgia shooting guard proved that Saturday, when he put Vanderbilt freshman Braelee Albert on an eye-popping poster with this ferocious slam.

Edwards scored 19 points to go along with his rim-rattling dunk, in an 80-78 comeback win over the Commodores. Georgia improved to 14-13 on the season with the victory, which came on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer.

Edwards, a freshman, again showed why he could be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. He shot 7 of 16 from the field and also grabbed five rebounds. 

What really stood out, though, was Edwards' athleticism and vision on this play. 

Edwards, who doesn't turn 19 until August, has been questioned about his shot selection, but he's carrying the load on a Georgia team that isn't exactly full of NBA talent. It's just another reason why he could be an intriguing option for the Warriors in the June draft.

The majority of mock drafts currently have Golden State selecting Edwards with a top pick. He isn't a positional fit like Memphis center James Wiseman would be, but Edwards' athleticism and upside could be an instant boost. 

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Entering Saturday, Edwards was averaging 18.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. That's nearly what he dropped Saturday, as the 6-foot-5, 225-pound guard put his skills on display.

The Warriors surely have their eyes on every top draft prospect right now. Edwards' performance in a win over Vandy could vault him up their draft board, too.