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

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

HOUSTON - With the Warriors' last four-game road trip of the season kicking off in Houston Wednesday night, the battered champs are hoping to avoid getting swept by the Rockets in the season series. 

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 5:00 p.m. with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame at 5:30 and a 6:30 tipoff from Toyota Center.

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Golden State will be without forward Kevin Durant Wednesday, who is day-to-day with an ankle injury. 

Entering Wednesday's matchup, the Rockets have won nine straight games behind James Harden, who is averaging 36.2 points, 7.5 assists and 6.5 rebounds this season. With Durant out and Houston rolling, a Warriors' win Thursday evening will be quite an accomplishment. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Alfonzo McKinnie
F Draymond Green
C DeMarcus Cousins
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Rockets
F PJ Tucker
C Clint Capela
G Chris Paul
G James Harden
G Eric Gordon

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: C Andrew Bogut is not with the team, F Kevin Durant (right ankle sprain) is out; C Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) is out.

Rockets: F Isaiah Hartenstein (right Achilles soreness) is out

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: With Durant out, Mckinnie or two-way wing Damion Lee could get the start against Houston. 

Curry has been struggling lately, averaging 22.7 points on just 38 percent from the field and 31 percent from 3-point range. In Sunday's loss to Phoenix, Curry shot just 6-of-20 from the field. 

While Curry is struggling, Thompson is on the verge of hitting 200 3-pointers, which would make him the second player in NBA history to hit 200 3-pointers in seven consecutive seasons. 

Rockets: Entering Wednesday's contest, Harden, the NBA's reigning MVP, is averaging 34.4 points, 6.1 assists and 5.5 rebounds over his last 10 games.

Fellow guard Chris Paul has struggled through injuries this season, averaging career-lows in points (15.3) and field goal percentage (41.1), but scored 23 points, adding 17 assists in the last matchup between these two teams. 

Capela has come on as of late, averaging 18 points and 12 rebounds over his last three games. 

Officials: Ed Malloy, Pat Fraher, Matt Boland

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Warriors GM Bob Myers discusses high school Hall of Fame induction

Believe it or not, Warriors general manager Bob Myers was once the worst player on his basketball team. That was at UCLA, but in his defense, he was one of the stand-outs in high school.

He was a star for the Monte Vista Mustangs and was recently part of the first Athletic Hall of Fame class.

Before the dinner honoring the group of inductees, he told his kids that he was being honored for being a good player, and they poked fun at him as they were confused about him being referred to as a talented athlete.

"But I'm in man, I got in -- they can't take it away," Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. 

His former school honored him with a plaque that he's sporting on his dashboard. He also got a license plate frame.

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Fitzgerald said he will be calling Myers "Hall of Famer" for the rest of the year.

Suppose that means it was worth it.

Warriors GM Bob Myers breaks down what Marquese Chriss brings to team

Warriors GM Bob Myers breaks down what Marquese Chriss brings to team

Marquese Chriss hasn't wasted any time adjusting to the Warriors after being acquired in October.

"He's done a nice job, he's played in the five -- I don't think he's played a ton of five, screen-setting, just the littlest things," general manager Bob Myers told NBC Sports Bay Area's Bob Fitzgerald and Kelenna Azubuike during Friday's Warriors-Lakers telecast. "Changing his angle on the screens, he's learned to play off these guys."

"Sometimes you need a bit of a wakeup call to just start doing the little things."

The little things the big man has been working on stretch beyond his playing ability. Young Chriss, at just 22 years old, has already been on four teams in three years if you include the Dubs.

When he was brought in, he was viewed as someone to not only make an impact now but down the line.

The team hadn't had a high draft pick in several years and to get someone of his age and caliber is the perfect addition to the roster as Kerr explained after acquiring Chriss

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Chriss looks forward to making a comeback after being plagued with a history of injuries. And the Warriors appear to be happy with the gamble they took. But time will tell.