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Warriors vs. Suns Watch Guide: Lineups, injury reports, player usage

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Warriors vs. Suns Watch Guide: Lineups, injury reports, player usage

Following a bounce-back win over the Nuggets Friday evening, the Warriors hope they can build consistency down the stretch with a win over the feisty Suns.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 4:00 pm PST with Warriors Outsiders, followed by Warriors Pregame at 4:30 and a 5:30 tipoff from Oracle Arena.

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While the Suns own the worst record in the league, they've played well of late, winning four of their last six games entering Sunday. Though Phoenix has lost all three to Golden State, they've played the champs honest, averaging 124 points per contest. 

If the Warriors want to prove they've grown from last season's 7-10 finish to the regular season, a win over the Suns Sunday afternoon would be a good start. Fortunately for Golden State, they own an 18-game winning streak over Phoenix. 

PROJECTED LINEUPS

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

Suns
F Dragan Bender
F Kelly Oubre Jr.
C Deandre Ayton
G Tyler Johnson
G Devin Booker

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: C Andrew Bogut (personal reasons) out, Damian Jones (left pectoral surgery) 

Suns: TJ Warren (right ankle soreness) is out

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: 

Golden State will be wise to get off to a good start Sunday afternoon. Friday's win was the first in their last five games they took a lead into the second quarter. 

A good start would be aided by a good defensive effort by the Warriors, who held the Nuggets to just 37.9 percent from the field two nights ago. Golden State will also look to cut down on its turnovers after giving up 29 points on 17 giveaways against Denver. 

Following his performance Friday, Thompson is now just six 3-pointers away from 200 for the season, which would make him just the second player in NBA history to have seven straight seasons of 200 or more 3-pointers in a season, joining his teammate Curry. 

Suns:

DeAndre Ayton has had a fantastic rookie season, averaging 16 points, 10.3 rebounds, and 1.9 assists. In his last game against the Dubs, Ayton poured in 23 points, adding 12 rebounds. 

Aiding Ayton in the backcourt is star guard Devin Booker, who is averaging 24.9 points, 6.6 assist, and four rebounds in his fourth season. 

The deadline additions of Oubre, Jr and Johnson have fortified the Suns' youth movement, making Phoenix an intriguing team for the future. 

Officials: James Williams (#60), Brian Forte (#45), Aaron Smith (#51)

NBA playoffs: Houston Rockets advance to second round, await Warriors

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NBA playoffs: Houston Rockets advance to second round, await Warriors

The Houston Rockets have advanced to the second round of the NBA playoffs.

It probably won't be long until the Warriors join them there.

Houston defeated the Utah Jazz in five games, securing their trip to the second round with a 100-93 victory in Game 5 on Wednesday night. 

Golden State, much like Houston, entered Wednesday with a three-games-to-one series lead over their first-round opponent, the Los Angeles Clippers. The Warriors will attempt to match Houston and eliminate the Clippers in five games when they host Los Angeles in Game 5 at Oracle Arena later Wednesday night.

[RELATED: Dubs look beyond, not past, Clips as Rockets series looms]

Should the Warriors also advance to the second round to face Houston, it would represent a rematch of last year's Western Conference finals, in which Golden State prevailed in seven games.

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 5 online

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 5 online

The Warriors have put the Clippers on the brink. On Wednesday night in Game 5 of their best-of-seven first-round series of the NBA playoffs, they have a chance to bring Los Angeles' season to an end.

Golden State has rebounded since coughing up a big lead in their Game 2 loss to win each of the last two games, including a 113-105 victory in Game 4 on Sunday. With a win Wednesday, the Warriors would advance to the second round, where they would await the victor of the first-round series between the Rockets and Jazz (Houston currently leads three-games-to-one).

Kevin Durant (28.8) and Steph Curry (25.0) have combined to averaged 53.8 points per game so far in the series, the second-highest scoring average for any duo in the playoffs behind Portland's Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum (57.4 ppg).

[RELATED: Why you should expect huge Game 5 for Steph, Warriors]

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Clippers Game 5, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame and postgame coverage live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

When: 7:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 24 (pregame show starts at 6:30 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app

Desktop users can stream the game here.