Warriors vs. Wizards: What to watch for

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Warriors vs. Wizards: What to watch for

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The Warriors are coming off an impressive win over the Nets in Brooklyn on Friday, and now a potential toe-stubber shows up in the form of the Washington Wizards.

Golden State (12-7), which has started its seven-game road trip with consecutive wins, faces the worst team in the league – record-wise, certainly – on Saturday at the Verizon Center, in D.C.

The Wizards (2-14) began the year with 12 straight losses, but have won two of their past four games – including a win last Tuesday against the defending-champion Miami Heat.

John Wall has been out all season for the Wizards with a strained left knee, and Trevor Ariza missed Friday’s game against the Hawks with a strained left calf.

Here are some things to watch for when the Warriors play the Wizards on Saturday night:

No letdown: No doubt, the Warriors are coming off a satisfying win against the Nets. Can they back it up? Quite frankly, there’s no reason to think they can’t.

The Warriors are 6-4 on the road this season, with wins over the L.A. Clippers, Mavericks and now Brooklyn.

Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Carl Landry all had minutes on the low-side against the Nets, so they should be able to play plenty of minutes, if need be, against Washington.

Pace of the game: It’s not a stretch to suggest that the Warriors have more scorers on their roster than the Wizards. And so one thing Golden State would like to do is quicken the game in order to create more possessions.

The more uptempo the game, the more it favors the Warriors. In that respect, it’s not dissimilar to Friday night’s game against the Nets.

By getting into the hundreds against the Nets – a 109-102 victory – it sure seemed to give the Warriors a better shot at winning the game.

More Curry and Lee: There have been numerous contributors this season for the Warriors, but in recent games Stephen Curry and David Lee have been particularly good.

Curry had 28 points and five assists against Brooklyn, and had had four consecutive 20-point, 10-assist games before that. Lee is coming off a 30-point, 15-rebound game against the Nets and he’d been very good before that.

If Curry and Lee continue to play well, the Warriors have a chance to have a very good road trip.

Durant will play in Game 4 vs Blazers; Livingston, Barnes out

Durant will play in Game 4 vs Blazers; Livingston, Barnes out

PORTLAND -- Kevin Durant is back.

The All-Star forward who missed Games 2 and 3 of the Warriors-Blazers playoff series with a left calf strain was listed as questionable after shootaround but was cleared two hours prior to tipoff for Game 4 Monday night at Moda Center.

The Warriors have a 3-0 series lead and are trying to close out the series against Portland.

Warriors veterans Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot bone bruise) and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain and hand contusion), also listed as questionable, will not be available.

Durant participated in shootaround Monday morning but walked out of the arena with an ice pack wrapped around his calf. That’s not unusual, and it’s done to minimize the possibility of swelling.

Durant scored a team-high 32 points in Game 1 on April 16. He took a blow to his calf late in the third quarter and returned in the fourth but the muscle tightened the following day.

 

Iguodala on Klay's fashion: 'He doesn't know which way he wants to go'

Iguodala on Klay's fashion: 'He doesn't know which way he wants to go'

Programming note: Warriors-Blazers Game 4 coverage starts tonight at 6:30pm with Warriors Pregame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area, and streaming live right here.

Klay Thompson was assisted by Andre Iguodala on 57 buckets during the regular season.

Off the floor, Iguodala is trying to assist Klay when it comes to fashion.

"Klay should wear staple pieces. He should wear the same thing every day," Iguodala told Logan Murdock of Bleacher Report. "He should dress like a Silicon Valley startup CEO."

But...

Klay "doesn’t know which way he wants to go."

In the feature, Iguodala opened up about the general fashion sense of his teammates and his own style.

“I’m wearing a blazer, like, all the time," Iguodala said. "That’s my go-to. A blazer, and I can just figure out if I want to wear jeans or slacks. Turn it into a suit. I can wear a turtleneck. I can wear a button-up (or a) gray tee.”