It’s a sight Steve Kerr watched for three years and says he misses this season: Kevin Durant toiling after practice, working on footwork while draining jump shots while dripping sweat.
The Warriors coach hopes for a chance to express that sentiment Wednesday in Brooklyn, where the Warriors conclude a five-game road trip against the Nets, who signed Durant last July. Pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3:30, with tipoff from Barclays Center scheduled for 4:40.
Meanwhile, it’s also the D’Angelo Russell «revenge» game, as D-Lo spent two seasons in Brooklyn and last season earned an All-Star Game replacement gig.
With the reunions as dual sideshows, Golden State (12-39) will be seeking its third consecutive victory, something it has achieved only once this season.
The Nets (22-27) haven’t had the season they envisioned, either, even though they’ve known all along that Durant is not expected to play until next season. Their hope for a top-four seed in the playoffs was sank with nagging injuries to Kyrie Irving, who joined the Nets in something of a brother’s pact with KD. He has missed 29 games, and Caris LeVert has missed 25.
F – Glenn Robinson III
F – Draymond Green
C – Marquese Chriss
G – Damion Lee
G – D’Angelo Russell/Alec Burks
F – Joe Harris
F – Taurean Prince
C – Jarrett Allen
G – Caris LeVert
Warriors: G Stephen Curry (L hand fracture) and G Klay Thompson. (L ACL rehab) are listed as out. G Ky Bowman and F Alen Smailagic are on assignment with the G-League Santa Cruz Warriors.
Nets: F Kevin Durant (R Achilles’ tendon rehab) and G Kyrie Irving (R knee sprain) are listed as out.
Warriors: Russell, who sat out Wednesday’s win at Washington, is off the injury report and expected to play even as trade speculation continues to swirl . . . SG Alec Burks and Robinson also have played, and quite well, through the constant buzz of one or both being headed elsewhere. Both have averaged 18.8 ppg on the road trip . . . Though playing under a two-way contract, Chriss has flourished since becoming the starter after the trade of Willie Cauley-Stein and is averaging 11.5 ppg on the trip . . . The Warriors have cranked up their offense over the last two games, averaging 128 points, but remain last in offensive rating (104.1) . . . Their eight-game win streak over the Nets is their longest active streak against any opponent . . . The last time the Warriors had a three-game road win streak was last March 2-19.
Nets: At 21.3 ppg, Dinwiddie is the only available Brooklyn player averaging more than 14 ppg. Harris, at 13.7, is No.2 . . . The Nets are fifth in rebounds, averaging 47.8 per game. Big men DeAndre Jordan and Allen are averaging a combined 19.4 per game . . . The Nets also are among the top-5 in paint points (50.2) and sixth in 3-point shot attempts (37.4 pg) . . . Four Nets, including Prince, are averaging more shots from deep than Harris, the reigning 3-point Shooting Contest winner. He’s averaging 6.0 per game. His 40.5 percentage is the highest on the team . . . The Nets are 22nd in offensive rating (106.6) . . . Their eight-game losing streak against the Warriors is their longest active such streak . . . Brooklyn’s 107.3 defensive rating is fourth in the league and better than any team in the Western Conference . . . How is Durant’s rehab going in Month 6 of his rehab? He’s running at near full speed and shooting jump shots. There still is no plan for him to play this season.
Officials: David Guthrie (crew chief), James Williams, Eric Dalen.
Warriors at Nets watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area