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Why Warriors' next 10 games offer chance to encourage somber fan base

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Why Warriors' next 10 games offer chance to encourage somber fan base

If any stretch of the season is ideal for the Warriors to toss their starving fans four or five crumbs, it is the next 10 games, beginning Monday night against the Grizzlies.

Reason No. 1: The Warriors are about as healthy as they’re going to be for at least the next three months. They could suit up 12 players against Memphis.

Reason No. 2: They’re at home for eight of the next 10 games, and the only back-to-back set comes on the last weekend of December.

Reason No. 3: They’re staring directly at the best opportunity they’ll have this season to string together three consecutive victories.

Reason No. 4: The trade market swings wide open on Dec. 15, and productive players are vastly more attractive to teams seeking someone able to help in the second half of the season and, possibly, the playoffs.

And it doesn’t hurt that from a realistic and long-range viewpoint, a solidly competitive three weeks could build good habits without sacrificing the likelihood of finishing with a record that would assure a premium lottery pick. There will be plenty of games marked with an “L.”

Let’s take a game-by-game look at the next 10:

Monday night: Grizzlies at home

Under Steve Kerr, the Warriors once went 145 games without back-to-back losses. With Grizzlies' team engine Ja Morant coping with a balky back – he has missed the last four games – this is an excellent chance put some life in Chase Center with their first consecutive wins this season.

Win probability: Very high.

Wednesday night: Knicks at home

It’s the Knicks, on their first swing through Western Conference, on the second night of a back-to-back set. Enough said.

Win probability: Very high.

Friday night: Jazz away

Even with the tremendous Warriors teams of recent seasons, playing at altitude on the road was never a walk. Mike Conley’s hamstring is barking, but Emmanuel Mudiay is playing well.

Win probability: Very low.

Dec. 15: Kings at home

The first meeting this season between Kerr and former assistant Luke Walton, and also the first reunion of former Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein and his former teammates. One question: Can Cauley-Stein bring intensity? Another question: Who can guard Sacramento gunslinger Buddy Hield?

Win probability: Medium.

Dec. 18: Trail Blazers away

Tough place to win with Steph Curry and Klay Thompson. Tougher to win without them. The Dame-CJ-Melo trio poses problems for a Warriors defense than can be exploited. This game will need the best of Draymond Green at both ends, and some loud offense from Eric Paschall.

Win probability: Low.

Dec. 20: Pelicans at home

Will Zion be back? It doesn’t look likely. Has anybody seen Derrick Favors? New Orleans is a mess right now, and a turnaround in the next couple weeks seems unlikely.

Win probability: High.

Dec. 23: Timberwolves at home

Minny is one of only four teams to beat the Warriors at least once in each of the last four seasons, and those Warriors were four levels better than this year's squad. Coach Ryan Saunders seems to have unlocked the secret to Andrew Wiggins’ potential. But this is the second of three straight games in the Pacific time zone.

Win probability: Medium.

Dec. 25: Rockets at home

The simple game plan is to keep James Harden off the free-throw line and force Russell Westbrook to launch jump shots. If either fails to find a rhythm – and there’s a decent chance of that – the Warriors can pull off the upset.

Win probability: Low.

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Dec. 27: Suns at home

The Suns are dealing with the growing pains that come with a new coach determined to change the culture. They’re quite good some nights, quite unsightly on others. But they have two players, Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr., that are capable of causing problems. Big man Deandre Ayton will back by then and will have had a couple weeks of conditioning.

Win probability: Medium.

Dec. 28: Mavericks at home

It was widely believed the Mavericks might be good enough find a low seed to the playoffs, but Luka is trying to take them even higher. It’s Luka Time, and the Warriors – on Night No. 2 of a back-to-back – must be at their best to avoid being another canvas for this kid’s wizardry.

Win probability: Low.

Warriors vs. 76ers live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

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Warriors vs. 76ers live stream: How to watch NBA game online, on TV

The Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers will play a basketball game tonight at Wells Fargo Arena, but the action on the court likely won’t be at the forefront of the minds of those in attendance.

Tuesday night’s game marks the first NBA game in Philadelphia since the tragic passing of former Lakers star and basketball icon Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash this past Sunday. Kobe was born in the City of Brotherly Love and starred at nearby Lower Merion High School during his prep career.

Warriors guard Jacob Evans was recalled from the G League on Monday and could take the court for Golden State. 76ers center Joel Embiid is listed as questionable with a hand injury.

[RELATED: Steph posts stirring tributes to Kobe on Twitter, Instagram]

Here’s how you can watch Warriors-76ers on NBC Sports Bay Area:

When: Tuesday, Jan. 28 at 4:00 p.m. PT, pregame begins at 3:00 p.m.
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams App

Live stream all your Warriors games and get the latest news and analysis on the MyTeams App.

Kobe Bryant's death made Kendrick Perkins want to end Kevin Durant beef

Kobe Bryant's death made Kendrick Perkins want to end Kevin Durant beef

Kevin Durant and Kendrick Perkins played together on the Oklahoma City Thunder from February 2011 to February 2015.

KD used to say that Perk was his favorite teammate ever. But the two recently had a falling out of sorts, which culminated in a highly publicized Twitter exchange a couple of weeks ago.

But in the aftermath of Kobe Bryant's unthinkable death, Perkins has extended an olive branch to Durant.

It started with a tweet Sunday afternoon.

"I'm not about to let that go another day down the drain behind a B.S. Twitter beef that's not called for," Perkins later explained during an exclusive phone conversation with NBC Sports Boston's Gary Tanguay. "And our brotherhood, our friendship is more valuable.

"And I also wanted the world to see, hey, if you having problems with a loved one, a friend, a family member, whoever, hey, life is too short. The next 60 seconds is not promised. Nip that in the bud and heal those wounds with those people that you love and get past it. That's what I wanted to do.

"And I wanted to reach out to KD to let him know like, I love you bro. And I'm not afraid to let the world see that I love you."

[RELATED: How Kobe, Brian Shaw developed three-decade relationship]

One would have to assume that Perkins has tried to contact the two-time NBA MVP directly, but hasn't been able to get through.

KD -- like many others across the globe -- probably still is mourning Kobe's tragic death.

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