How to watch Warriors vs. Heat online and on MyTeams app

 nbcsports.com  02/27/2019 20:33:31 

The Warriors' road trip continues on Wednesday with a finale. 

Golden State will match up with Miami Heat legend Dwyane Wade on Tuesday for the final time in his 16-year career. The future Hall of Famer scored 10 points on 5-of-14 shooting when the teams met up on Feb. 10, and he traded jerseys with another surefire Springfield entrant: Steph Curry. 

If recent history is any indication, Curry will have a chance to steal the show from Wade. Feb. 27 has brought out the best in the two-time MVP, and the Warriors certainly hope that's the case again.

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Here's how you can watch Warriors vs. Heat on NBC Sports Bay Area and streaming online:

When: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. PT (pregame at 3:30 p.m.)
TV channel: NBC Sports Bay Area
Live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app for Warriors

Desktop users can stream the game here.

With Kevon Looney expected to start at center, the Warriors are positioned for a smooth start Wednesday against the Miami Heat.

Coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area begins at 3:30 p.m. with Warriors Pregame, followed by tipoff from American Airlines Arena at 4:40 p.m.

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The decision by the coaching staff to give DeMarcus Cousins the night off not only changes the court chemistry, but also sends more of the offensive load to Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. Assimilating an offensive force such as Cousins is a work in progress. There is no need to assimilate Looney.

There also is the fact that the Warriors averaged 38.3 first-quarter points in Looney’s last three starts, most recently scoring 33 on Feb. 13 at Portland. With more touches, Durant (16 points) and Curry (9) combined for 25 of those 33 points.

The question to be answered by the Warriors (43-17) is whether they will have enough to finish. Their 12-point fourth quarter at Portland is their lowest output in any quarter this season and led to defeat.

Miami (26-33) has been struggling mightily, dropping nine of the last 11 games – including a 124-121 loss to lowly Phoenix on Monday that snapped the Suns’ 17-game losing streak.

Veteran guard Dwyane Wade is in his last season and has been swapping jerseys with players after every game. Wade made the exchange with Curry in the teams' previous meeting.

PROJECTED STARTERS

Warriors

F Kevin DurantF Draymond GreenC Kevon LooneyG Klay Thompson

G Stephen Curry

Heat

F Josh RichardsonF Kelly OlynykC Bam Adebayo -- probableG Justise Winslow

G Dion Waiters

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: C DeMarcus Cousins (load management) and C Damian Jones (L pectoral surgery) are listed as out.

Heat: C Hassan Whiteside (hip) is out. G Justise Winslow (L knee soreness) is listed as probable. F James Johnson (L AC sprain) and F Rodney McGruder (R knee bruise) are listed as questionable.

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ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: Looney’s start means Jordan Bell and Green will get minutes in the middle, as could F/C Jonas Jerebko.. . . In any case, F Alfonzo McKinnie and Jerebko could get significant time because of their strong rebounding. Miami outrebounded the Warriors 52-36 on Feb. 10 in Oakland. The Heat snagged an astonishing 21 offensive boards in that game.. . . Durant was terrific on Feb. 10, scoring 39 points on 16-of-24 shooting – 15-of-17 inside the arc.. . . Though F/G Andre Iguodala did not play in the previous meeting, the bench was the difference. Jerebko was plus-18, G Shaun Livingston plus-15 and Looney plus-14.

Heat: Though Robinson started at SG on Monday, he will not against the Warriors. Winslow is expected to play and start. In addition, G Goran Dragic has come off the bench since returning last week after being sidelined for two months due to knee surgery. He also may be ready to reenter the starting lineup.. . . One of the league’s most physical teams, Miami typically crowds and clutches Curry and Thompson. Don’t expect that to change despite Curry and Thompson combining for 20-of-39 shooting (11-of-23 from deep) on Feb. 10.. . . The most consistent offensive performer has been Richardson, who is averaging a team-best 17.4 ppg and torched the Warriors for 37 points in Oakland.

Officials: Jason Phillips (chief), Karl Lane, Haywoode Workman

Programming note: Watch the Warriors take on the Heat tonight at 4:30 PT, streaming live on the MyTeams app.

DeMarcus Cousins averaged a career-high 5.4 assists last season with the Pelicans, so when the Warriors signed the big man in July, they knew he could create plays for others and make the guys around him better.

So while Golden State coaches want Cousins to look to score when he gets the ball on the block, they don't want him to forget about dishing the rock, either.

"We want him to be a little bit more aggressive, but what we found out as time has gone along is he's a better passer than what we thought," Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown said Wednesday on 95.7 The Game. "With his ability to pass, we've actually thrown him the ball in certain spots on the floor for him to facilitate and play-make.

"Now he's taking his big away from the rim and there's small guys that are protecting the rim on the backside. Not only is he a tremendous passer, but he's a willing passer, too."

Cousins is averaging 3.5 assists this season, but his "per-36 minutes" total is 5.2 per contest.

When Cousins is on the court at the beginning of the second and fourth quarters, the offense runs through him more. It's similar to how Golden State used a recently retired big man last season.

"If you think back to when David West was playing with that second unit, for the most part when we gave the ball to David -- whether it was on the perimeter, at the elbow or on the block -- it was for him to facilitate," Brown explained.

And speaking of Mr. West:

DeMarcus Cousins getting his David West on with this beautiful bounce pass to Draymond for the dunk pic.twitter.com/pgiXMnBA3d

— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) February 27, 2019

Unfortunately, you won't be able to see Cousins make plays like this Wednesday in Miami because the Warriors are resting him on the front end of their back-to-back. He is expected to be back in uniform Thursday night in Orlando.

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