Warriors at Nets watch guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

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.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors

F – Glenn Robinson III

F – Draymond Green

C – Marquese Chriss

G – Damion Lee

G – D’Angelo Russell/Alec Burks

Nets

F – Joe Harris

F – Taurean Prince

C – Jarrett Allen

G – Caris LeVert

G – Spencer Dinwiddie

INJURY REPORT

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.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

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