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DURANT, LIVINGSTON, BARNES QUESTIONABLE FOR GAME 2 VS BLAZERS

DURANT, LIVINGSTON, BARNES QUESTIONABLE FOR GAME 2 VS BLAZERS

Kevin Durant hates to acknowledge injury, which is why he said he was OK Sunday despite being examined by a member of the Warriors training staff in the third quarter of Game 1 against Portland.

“I’m cool,” Durant said when asked about it after a 121-109 Warriors victory.

Durant is not so “cool” after all, as the Warriors announced the 6-foot-9 forward missed practice Tuesday because of a left calf strain and is questionable for Game 2 on Wednesday.

Backup guard Shaun Livingston also is listed as questionable, with a hand contusion and sprain of his right index finger. Reserve forward Matt Barnes, who missed Game 1 with a right ankle/foot sprain, also is listed as questionable.

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Draft Profile: Thomas Welsh (7'0" C, UCLA)

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Draft Profile: Thomas Welsh (7'0" C, UCLA)

Thomas Welsh

Height:  7’0”

Weight: 255lbs

Position: Center

School: Senior, UCLA

2017-18 season averages: 12.6 ppg, 10.8 rpg, 0.9 bpg

Did You Know That…

His rebounding average of 10.8 as a senior was UCLA’s highest since David Greenwood averaged 11.4 rebounds in 1977-78. One of five finalists for the 2017-2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award, given to the nation’s top center. Holds the No. 3 spot on UCLA’s career rebounds list (1,035). Ranks third all time at UCLA in blocks (143) and fifth in blocks per game (1.09). Registered 37 career double-doubles, tied for sixth in program history.

Draft Profile: Brandon McCoy (7'0" C, UNLV)

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Draft Profile: Brandon McCoy (7'0" C, UNLV)

Brandon McCoy

Height:  7’0”

Weight: 250lbs

Position: Center

School: Freshman, UNLV

2017-18 season averages: 16.9 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.8 bpg

Did You Know That…

Top-five finalist for the 2017-2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award, 2017-2018 John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 list for National Player of the Year, 2017-2018 Mountain West Freshman of the Year. Led the Mountain West Conference with 19 double-doubles in 2017-2018, ranking ninth in the country and third among freshmen.

Draft Profile: Jacobi Boykins (6'6" G, LA Tech)

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Draft Profile: Jacobi Boykins (6'6" G, LA Tech)

Jacobi Boykins

Height:  6’6”

Weight: 175lbs

Position: Guard

School: Senior, Louisiana Tech

2017-18 season averages: 14.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 apg

Did You Know That…

Was the only Bulldog to start in all 33 games. Became the 40th member of the 1,000 point-club, finishing with 1,393 career points, which is tied for 23-most in LA Tech history… Ranked first on the team in scoring, recording 26 double-digit scoring games.

Draft Profile: Jaylen Barford (6'3" G, Arkansas)

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Draft Profile: Jaylen Barford (6'3" G, Arkansas)

Jaylen Barford

Height:  6’3”

Weight: 202lbs

Position: Guard

School: Senior, Arkansas

2017-18 season averages: 17.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 apg

Did You Know That…

Named 2017-2018 All-SEC First Team by the coaches and Second Team by the media. Shot 43.3 percent from three-point range. Built like a linebacker at the guard spot. Scored at least 20 points in 13 games in his final season at Arkansas.

Draft Profile: De'Anthony Melton (6'4" G, USC)

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Draft Profile: De'Anthony Melton (6'4" G, USC)

De’Anthony Melton

Height:  6’4”

Weight: 190lbs

Position: Guard

Age: 20, University of Southern California

2016-17 season averages: 8.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 3.5 apg

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High-energy player and athlete. Likes to play in transition, where he has a solid playmaking feel. Great foot speed getting up and down the floor. Rangy defender with a good sense of anticipation. Averaged 2.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per-36 as a freshman. Measured with a 6’8” wingspan. Can defend either guard position given his length. Makes plays on the ball.

Draft Profile: Shake Milton (6'5" G, SMU)

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Draft Profile: Shake Milton (6'5" G, SMU)

Shake Milton

Height:  6’5”

Weight: 195lbs

Position: Guard

School: Junior, SMU

2017-18 season averages: 18.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 4.4 apg

Did You Know That…

Played and started 22 games…Missed remainder of season due to broken right hand… Double digit scoring in 22 games, 23 straight going back to 2016- 17. AWARDS: All-AAC Second Team... AAC Player of the Week (11/13, 12/4, 1/22)... Wooden Award, Naismith Trophy, Bob Cousy, Lute Olson Watch List... AAC Preseason Player of the Year.

Draft Profile: Jairus Lyles (6'2" G, UMBC)

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Draft Profile: Jairus Lyles (6'2" G, UMBC)

Jairus Lyles

Height:  6’2”

Weight: 175lbs

Position: Guard

School: Junior, UMBC

2017-18 season averages: 18.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.6 apg

Did You Know That…

Scored 1,086 points in just two UMBC campaigns and is currently 17th on the school’s all-time scoring list... Became the third player in school history to reach 600 points in a season and his 604 points is the most ever by a UMBC junior... Also became the second Retriever (Darryl Proctor, 2008-09), first junior and first UMBC guard to amass 600 points and 200 rebounds in a season in 2016-17… Currently, UMBC’s career leader in scoring average (20.5 ppg) and has recorded the top (23.0 ppg, 2015-16) and fifth-best (18.9 ppg, 2016-17) scoring averages in school history

Draft Profile: Hamidou Diallo (6'5" G, Kentucky)

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Draft Profile: Hamidou Diallo (6'5" G, Kentucky)

Hamidou Diallo

Height:  6’5”

Weight: 198lbs

Position: Guard

School: Redshirt Freshman, Kentucky

2017-18 season averages: 10.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.2 apg

Did You Know That…

Diallo recorded the highest vertical at the 2018 NBA Combine at 44.5 inches. His wingspan is also fourtbest among guards at 6'11 1/2".

Redshirt Freshman: Declared for 2018 NBA Draft and hired an agent, effectively ending his collegiate career ... Averaged 10.0 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while starting in all 37 games during his redshirt freshman season … Scored in double figures in 16 games, topping the 20-point plateau three times … Named the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Week following a 20-point, three-steal effort vs. Virginia Tech where he also knocked down a career-high four 3-pointers … Hauled in at least three boards in 24 games … Led the Wildcats in scoring in four games, rebounds in three games, blocks five times, steals six times and assists twice … Finished the season ranking fourth on the team in points (371), sixth in rebounds (135) and third in blocks (31).

Draft Profile: Chimezie Metu (6'11" F, USC)

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Draft Profile: Chimezie Metu (6'11" F, USC)

Chimezie Metu

Height:  6’11”

Weight: 225lbs

Position: Forward

School: Junior, University of Southern California

2017-18 season averages: 15.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 59 total blocks

Did You Know That…

Chimezie Metu is a 6-foot-11, 225-pound junior forward who affects the game on both ends of the court. His athleticism and length makes him especially impactful on the defensive end. Ranks seventh all-time in blocked shots by a Trojans with 109.