In Splash Brothers Absence, Bell and Iguodala Return to Warriors

[CSNBY] In Splash Brothers absence, Bell and Iguodala return to Warriors
Monte Poole

OAKLAND -- The Warriors will be bolstered by the return of two key players but they'll be without three All-Stars Wednesday night when they face the Lakers at Oracle Arena.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 6:30, with tipoff scheduled for 7:35.

Coming off back-to-back losses on the road, the Warriors (51-16) will take the court without Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson. Andre Iguodala and Jordan Bell, however, will return after brief absences.

Though the Lakers (31-36) are out of realistic playoff contention, they have reached the 30-win mark for the first time since 2012-13, which also is the last time they appeared in the postseason.

BETTING LINE

Warriors by 6.5

MATCHUP TO WATCH

Kevin Durant vs. Kyle Kuzma & Co.: Kuzma tweaked his ankle Tuesday and is listed as questionable. If he's unable to go, the Lakers likely will turn to seldom-used vet Luol Deng or move SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to SF. If Kuzma is cleared, there is the potential for fireworks. He is averaging 15.5 ppg and is coming off a 26-point effort on Tuesday. Durant is averaging 38.7 ppg over the last three games and 29.9 since the All-Star break. He'll have to carry the bulk of his team's scoring load.

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: F/C Jordan Bell (R ankle sprain) and F Andre Iguodala (L wrist sprain) are available. G Stephen Curry (R ankle tweak), F Draymond Green (R shoulder soreness), G Pat McCaw (L wrist fracture), G Klay Thompson (R thumb fracture) and C/F David West (R arm cyst) are listed as out.

Lakers: F Kyle Kuzma (R ankle tweak) is listed as questionable. F/C Channing Frye (appendectomy), G Josh Hart (L hand, fourth metacarpal fracture) and F Brandon Ingram (L groin strain) are listed as out.

LAST 10

Warriors: 7-3.

Lakers: 8-2.

GAME OFFICIALS

Marc Davis (crew chief), Matt Boland, Brian Forte

SERIES HISTORY

The Warriors have won three of the first four meetings this season, 127-123 (OT) on Nov. 29 in Los Angeles, 116-114 (OT) on Dec. 18 in LA and 113-106 on Dec. 22 in Oakland. The Warriors are 12-3 against the Lakers in the Steve Kerr era.

THREE THINGS TO WATCH

THE NEW GUYS: Second-year C Damian Jones and rookie two-way C/F Chris Boucher both participated in the morning shootaround. Jones will be active and could make his fifth appearance of the season. Boucher is expected to be added the active list and possibly will make his NBA debut.

THE STARTERS: If the Warriors are missing three starters, coach Steve Kerr will have to dig deep into his bench. Would he start Bell, who missed the last three games, in place of Green? Could Nick Young get the call to replace Thompson? It's a very thin roster, so there won't be much of a bench no matter how Kerr plays it.

THE POINT MEN: With Iguodala back, Shaun Livingston becomes the likely starter at PG against Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball. It's intriguing matchup, the wily 6-foot-6 veteran against the youngster whose basketball smarts are beyond his years. Iguodala, another savvy vet, also will take turns defending Ball.

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