NBA Gameday: On road, Warriors must bottle up Kings' Cousins

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NBA Gameday: On road, Warriors must bottle up Kings' Cousins

SACRAMENTO -- After seeing their home win streak snapped at nine games, the Warriors on Sunday travel 90 miles northeast to face the Sacramento Kings.

This will be the first appearance for the Warriors at Golden 1 Center, which opened three months ago in downtown Sacramento.

The Warriors (31-6) are trying to recover from their second late-game meltdown in 12 days, blowing a 24-point lead Friday night before losing to Memphis in overtime. They haven’t lost in Sacramento since Dec. 19, 2012.

Since sliding into the No. 8 playoff seed with a four-game win streak in late-December, the Kings (15-21) have lost four of five games, including their last three at home.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 11.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Zaza Pachulia and Co. vs. DeMarcus Cousins. By far the best player on his team and among the best centers in the NBA, Cousins generally sets the tone for how the Kings play. If he’s good, they have chance. If he’s great, they have a very good chance. If he’s off, they’re toast. Pachulia is just the kind of physical center who can get into Cousins’ head. Zaza will need help, and he’ll get it from his tag-team partners on the Warriors bench. The Warriors also won’t hesitate to double-team Cousins at times.

INJURY LIST

Warriors: No injuries listed. C Damian Jones is on assignment with Santa Cruz of the Development League.

Kings: F Rudy Gay (R hip flexor strain) is listed as probable.

LAST 10

Warriors: 8-2. Kings: 5-5.

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won the last 12 meetings, dating back to March 2013. This is the first meeting this season.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

Site adjustment: Despite making their debut in an arena they’ve never seen, much less practiced in, the Warriors did not have a morning shootaround at Golden 1. New buildings sometimes require a period of adaptation for depth perception and more. Will the Warriors need a quarter or so before settling in on offense?

Own the glass: Though the Warriors don’t command the offensive glass, they are a good rebounding team, ranking seventh overall. The Kings, by contrast, are 29th in rebounding. This is an area in which the Warriors should dominate. To not do so could crack open the door for Sacramento.

D ripe for ripping: The Warriors over the past week have seen two bottom-five defensive teams (Denver, Portland) and averaged 126 points in those games. The Kings are sixth from the bottom, so the Warriors will have chances to make it rain.

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Durant questionable for Monday's game in Philadelphia

Kevin Durant's status for Monday's game in Philadelphia remains up in the air.

The Warriors forward, who missed his first game of the season on Saturday, is listed as questionable for the team's game against the 76ers.

Prior to the game against the Nets, head coach Steve Kerr told the media that Durant's left hand was "still a little swollen" and called the injury a "day-to-day" thing.

Without Durant, the Warriors still managed to cruise to a 112-95 win over Brooklyn.

Durant injured his left pinky in the opening minutes against the Clippers on Thursday. He remained in the game, but late in the first quarter, he retreated to the locker room with a member of the training staff.

He returned to the game after X-rays came back negative. He played 34 minutes and finished with 25 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists.

 

Report: Bogut expected to join Cavs after 76ers buyout

Report: Bogut expected to join Cavs after 76ers buyout

It appears Andrew Bogut is set to see what the view is like from the other side of the NBA's top rivalry.

Traded by Dallas to Philadelphia on Thursday, the former Warriors center will receive a contract buyout from the 76ers and then join the Cleveland Cavaliers for the stretch run, according to ESPN.

On Saturday, the Cavs, Spurs and Rockets were all reported to have interest in Bogut if he was made available following a buyout.

Injuries have derailed Bogut's season. He appeared in just 26 games with the Mavericks this season and averaged 3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1 block per contest.

Bogut was part of the two Warriors teams that faced the Cavs in the last two NBA Finals matchups.

Bogut's tenure with the Warriors came to an end on July 7, 2016 when he was traded to Dallas in order for Golden State to clear salary cap space to sign Kevin Durant.