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Warriors vs. Rockets live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on MyTeams

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Warriors vs. Rockets live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on MyTeams

The Warriors don't want to be on the wrong side of a broom Wednesday night.

Golden State will look to avoid a regular-season sweep at the hands of the Houston Rockets. But, the Warriors will have to do so without some firepower.

Kevin Durant won't play against the Rockets because of an ankle injury, meaning the series has gone 4-for-4 with a star missing out on the proceedings. Chris Paul missed the first matchup, then Steph Curry sat out the second. James Harden, Durant's former teammate with the Oklahoma City Thunder, missed the third game last month.

That game kicked off the Rockets' current nine-game winning streak, and the Warriors will have a chance to end it in Houston. 

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Here's how you can watch Warriors vs. Rockets on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online:

When: Wednesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m. PT (pregame at 5:30 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game here.

How Warriors can navigate hard cap, sign two buyout players in March

How Warriors can navigate hard cap, sign two buyout players in March

The NBA's CBA (collective bargaining agreement) is extremely complicated. Unless you are a member of a front office -- and/or read it many times over -- you simply can't comprehend all of the details and minutiae. 

You've probably heard by now that the Warriors face the dreaded "hard cap" this season, which means they cannot -- under any circumstance -- have their payroll go above $138,928,000.

As a result, they cannot fill their 15th roster spot until March 3. 

On Thursday morning, John Hollinger of The Athletic -- who had worked in the Memphis Grizzlies front office for the last seven years -- explained in great detail how the Dubs can put themselves in position to sign not one, but two players in early March.

Hollinger assumed the Warriors would part ways with Alfonzo McKinnie to make room for Marquese Chriss, which reportedly came to fruition Friday morning.

So without further ado, here is Hollinger's complicated, complex explanation:

If the Warriors waived Chriss after the game against Boston on Nov. 15, he would accrue $247,205 in salary before he was waived (including the two days he spent on waivers).

Here’s the trick: They would have to sign a 14th player to fill Chriss’ spot based on league rules, but would NOT need to do so immediately. Teams have up to two weeks to fill the hole. Those two weeks of a zero salary on the books are huge for Golden State.

It wouldn’t need to sign another player until the end of November. The Warriors could then repeat the dance a couple more times – sign a player (perhaps bringing back Chriss) to a non-guaranteed deal for two weeks, waive him, wait two weeks, sign a player for two more weeks, waive him, wait two weeks. This is the exact trick Miami used in the second half of last season to skirt the luxury tax.

By signing players from Nov. 29 to Dec. 12, and again from Dec. 26 to Jan. 8, the Warriors would add another $146,492 in salary each time. (Note that even a zero-years of service player would count as making the two-year veteran minimum for the purposes of the hard cap calculation, so they can’t cheat the system here by signing a rookie.)

The next time they’d need to sign somebody would be Jan. 22, when 10-day contracts are in play. They could sign a player to a 10-day from Jan. 22 to Jan. 31, costing them $91,557. Again, the date matters: Jan. 31 would be a strategically great time for that 10-day to end. Golden State can leave the 14th spot open through the trade deadline and, if it remains unfilled, through the All-Star break before signing another 10-day coming out of the break.

That 10-day span, lasting from Feb. 19 to Feb. 28, would again cost $91,557 and end just in time for the Warriors to take advantage of buyout season. The last date to waive a player and have him be playoff eligible is March 1.

As a result, the total cost of that 14th roster spot — listed on their cap sheet at $1,620,564 if they keep Chriss — could end up only being $723,303 on their books as of March 1.

That is a huge deal for the Warriors because it would leave them $1.13 million from the hard cap line … meaning they could sign not one but two buyout players for the veteran’s minimum ($421,164 as of March 1) and still stay under the hard cap.

Makes perfect sense, right? Your head isn't spinning?

Did you get all of that, Bob Myers?

So in a nutshell -- if Chriss signs a non-guaranteed contract (like Alfonzo McKinnie), the Warriors can treat the 14th roster spot like a revolving door until early March when they can finalize the final two spots for the stretch run.

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If this, in fact, is what the Warriors plan on doing, the whole operation could be derailed by one injury.

For now, you should probably scroll up and re-read the details.

Perhaps do it multiple times until they sink in.

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Steph Curry lays out possible best-case scenario for new-look Warriors

Steph Curry lays out possible best-case scenario for new-look Warriors

This season will be much different for the Warriors. Steph Curry knows that. Everyone knows that. 

After lording over the NBA for the last five seasons, the Warriors have undergone a series of changes, with Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala, Shaun Livingston, Quinn Cook and DeMarcus Cousins all exiting the Bay Area. 

Curry, Draymond Green and new addition D'Angelo Russell will be tasked with shouldering a heavy burden this season, as they look to jell quickly in order to keep the Dubs afloat in a revamped Western Conference until Klay Thompson returns from his torn ACL. With Thompson tearing his ACL in Game 6 of the NBA Finals, there is some question as to whether or not the five-time All-Star will even return this season. ACL rehab normally is long and strenuous, and the Warriors want to make sure he is at 110 percent when he steps back on the court. 

Due to the myriad of changes the Warriors have undergone, many are expecting a down year from the NBA's former goliath, and some even have predicted they will miss the playoffs, especially if Curry, Russell and Green fail to jell quickly.

There is a different course for the Warriors, though. Some would call it overly optimistic. Others, borderline possible. It's most aptly described as the Dubs' best-case scenario. One that undoubtedly makes Curry smile at the thought of.

"Yeah, I feel like right now that is the picture we want to paint in terms of," Curry told The Athletic's Sam Amick. "We get to the playoffs, we’re full strength with who we have on this team, Klay is back, and we have the championship pedigree that will follow us and we’ll be the team that, like you said, you don’t want to see across the bracket.

"But in the meantime, we’ve got some weapons and guys that have an opportunity to really establish themselves, and it’s our job to try to give them the best chance to be successful at that. I feel like we can really create a lot of excitement and buzz around – quote, unquote – the new look, or whatever you want to call it, that might surprise you. I feel like right now there are a lot of unknowns, and this first 20-game period is going to be revealing all the way around. We have a chance to really solidify what this team can be, and build on that, and then come playoff time be a threat."

While the scenario might feel like a pipe dream, it's certainly not unfeasible that Thompson could return sometime after the All-Star break and the six- or seven-seeded Warriors could make a run in the Western Conference playoffs. Curry, Green, Thompson and Russell would give the Warriors enough firepower to match up with any of the West's newly-crowned kings. 

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No matter how the season plays out for Curry and the Warriors, he knows one thing: it'll be tough.

“At the end of the day, we’re gonna have to scrap for everything,” Curry told Amick. “And I like that kind of vibe where there’s nothing pretty about what we’re going to do.”