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

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

OAKLAND -- Following Saturday's 126-91 beatdown courtesy of the Dallas Mavericks, the Warriors are set to welcome an old friend as the Pistons come to town Sunday evening. 

Pistons big man, Zaza Pachulia, who was a member of the Warriors' last two championship teams, will receive his ring Sunday. Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4 o'clock with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame Live at 4:30 and scheduled 5:40 pm tip-off.

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Pachulia, who signed with the Pistons last summer, is a critical piece of the Warriors championship fabric. Signed in 2016, Pachulia was a mainstay in the frontcourt during the 2017 championship run, averaging 6.1 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 1.9 assists, starting every game. Last season, with coach Steve Kerr tinkering with lineups mid-season, Pachulia lost his starting spot following the All-Star break and played in just seven postseason games. However, his lasting impact in Golden State will be his professionalism and guidance to the team's young bigs like Jordan Bell and Kevon Looney. 

On Sunday, the Warriors will reward those qualities with his second championship ring.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors


F Kevin Durant 
F Draymond Green
C Andrew Bogut
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Pistons

F Blake Griffin 
C Andre Drummond
G Reggie Jackson
G Wayne Ellington
G Bruce Brown

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: Kevon Looney (Right Forearm Contusion) is questionable. DeMarcus Cousins (Load Management, Return from Achilles Injury), Andre Iguodala (Rest) and Damian Jones (Left Pectoral Surgery) are out.

Pistons: No injuries to report

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors

After a one-game absence for rest, Curry is back in the lineup. Durant will hope to play better after a 9-of-25 performance Sunday.

With Cousins out, look for Bogut to get the start as Steve Kerr prefers to keep the rotation intact. 

Curry will look to get his shot back on track. In his last game, Thursday's win over Indiana, he made just 5-of-15 from the field. Over his last five games, he's shooting just 42.3 percent. 

Pistons

Detroit, like Golden State, will be playing their second game of a back to back Sunday afternoon. 

Griffin has been fantastic this season, averaging 24.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 5.4 assists, earning his sixth All-Star appearance. 

Joining Griffin on the Pistons imposing frontline is Drummond, who's averaging 15.4 rebounds this season and could provide a headache for the Warriors all night long. 

Officials: Josh Tiven (#58), Tyler Ford (#39), Ray Acosta (#54)

What Monta Ellis told Steph Curry after trade from Warriors to Bucks

What Monta Ellis told Steph Curry after trade from Warriors to Bucks

Steph Curry and Monta Ellis had a special bond.

And that connection continued after the Warriors traded Monta to the Milwaukee Bucks in March 2012.

In a recent conversation with SLAM, Monta discussed a conversation he had with Steph shortly after he was shipped to the Eastern Conference:

"The fans were upset. Then they had this Chris Mullin night, where they retired the jersey or whatever, and they booed the owner. I think that kind of got to him because everybody was talking about me more than anything. A lot of people were saying they would’ve taken me over him. Being young, sometimes that’ll get to you. And I understood it.

So I just called him and told him, 'Don’t worry about all of that, man. Just keep working hard. You’re in a great situation, it’s your team. There are going to be critics. You’re going to have people that are going to say what they’re going to want to say. Once you turn it around, I guarantee they are all going to be on your bandwagon.' 

I just told him to keep working hard, man, and play basketball how he knows and stop overthinking it. Just play. As players, you get in that mode sometimes. I get that."

That's some sage advice from the NBA's 2006-07 Most Improved Player recipient.

And yes -- after winning three NBA titles, two MVPs and providing countless memories, Curry has every single Warriors fan on his bandwagon.

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You could make the argument he is the most popular and/or revered Bay Area athlete of all-time.

Not bad for a guy who didn't receive any high-major scholarship offers coming out of high school.

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Why Steve Kerr isn't doing video conference calls with Warriors players

Why Steve Kerr isn't doing video conference calls with Warriors players

As people all over the world continue to practice social distancing because of the coronavirus pandemic, video conferencing has soared.

It's a great way to see people's faces and stay connected.

But that doesn't mean everybody is taking part.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr told the following story Thursday night during a radio appearance on KNBR 680:

"I got a text yesterday from (Sacramento Kings coach) Luke Walton. He said, 'Have you had any Zoom conference calls with your team?' And I said, 'No. Have you?' He goes, 'No. I'm hearing that other teams are doing that and I was feeling bad that we weren't.' And I said, 'You know what -- it's fake. It's fake hustle (laugther).'

"Picture this -- you're a player and this kind of suspension to a season is happening, do you really want to get on a Zoom conference call with your coach? No! No! It's the last thing you want. It's fake hustle. We're not doing any of that stuff."

Kerr isn't demanding daily 10:00 p.m. meetings where every Warriors player discusses what they did that day?!

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It sounds like the eight-time NBA champion has more important things to do:

In all seriousness though -- great response, coach. Keep enjoying the family time and watching film on some of the top 2020 NBA Draft prospects.

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