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Live updates tonight: Warriors vs. Hornets

Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry takes a shot as Make-A-Wish recipient and their families watch during the pregame shoot-around before the Warriors game against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. As part of the Golden State Warriors Season of Giving the 10 Make-A-Wish Foundation recipients from across the country also got to meet NBA MVP Stephen Curry as well as other members of the team and coaching staff at the team's practice facility earlier in the day. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry takes a shot as Make-A-Wish recipient and their families watch during the pregame shoot-around before the Warriors game against the Utah Jazz at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015.(Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

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Kerr won’t be returning vs. Denver, but Curry should be

Rumors that Steve Kerr would be returning to the bench Saturday night as Warriors head coach turned out to be premature. The Warriors announced Kerr would not be coaching against the Denver Nuggets at Oracle Arena and that Luke Walton would once again coach the team. Club media relations coordinator Raymond Ridder added that Kerr was puzzled as to how the rumors of his Saturday return even got started.

So while Kerr’s situation remains on hold, the Warriors did at least offer some bit of good news — Stephen Curry, who missed the last two games with a leg contusion, should be back in action against the Nuggets. He was upgraded from questionable to probable, and Curry himself said when asked, “probably.” After working out at the morning shootaround, Curry said he was feeling much better after a few days rest and treatment from the injury originally suffered in last Sunday’s victory over Sacramento.

Curry said the impact spot of his injury was on his left leg was on his shin but that it radiates throughout his entire lower leg. He said he thought he might play in the Houston game, but admitted it was a wise decision for him not to play.

Kerr was present at the shootaround but did not talk to the media. The coach, who has missed the first 32 games of the season due to complications from off-season back surgery, made his first extended road trip to Dallas and Houston and apparently came through that trip well. But his return remains a mystery.

Curry said Kerr was looking good, however, and when asked when he thought his coach might return to the bench, he said, “I’m guessing pretty soon.”

Elsewhere on the injury front, center Festus Ezeli (toe) and forward Harrison Barnes (ankle sprain) were listed as doubtful for the Nuggets game, while guard Leandro Barbosa (shoulder sprain) was ruled out.

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Live updates: Warriors vs. Nuggets

Golden State Warriors' Andre Iguodala (9) pauses during the second half of an NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The Warriors won their 16th consecutive game and broke the record for the most wins to start an NBA season. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala (9) pauses during the second half of an NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The Warriors won their 16th consecutive game and broke the record for the most wins to start an NBA season. (Ray Chavez/Bay Area News Group)

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5 things we learned from Warriors’ 114-110 win against the Houston Rockets

Here are five things we learned from the Warriors’ 114-110 win against the Houston Rockets:

1. The Warriors closed out the 2015 calendar year with the second-best record of all-time behind — guess who — the 1996 Chicago Bulls. The Warriors went 72-12, won a championship and went on an unprecedented season-opening winning streak. Will 2016 offer even more?

2. The idea that Klay Thompson can’t carry a team, that he can’t do it without Stephen Curry took a loss at Houston. In his duel with shooting guard frenemy James Harden, Thompson came out on top and scored 38 points less than 24 hours after struggling against the Dallas Mavericks’ Wesley Matthews. Thompson was in fine form on the court and then afterward downplayed how much he cared about his belief he’s the best shooting guard.

3. Curry is coming back soon. He was in good spirits while sitting out the game and felt good enough with his left leg to shoot around before the game. That’s good news for the Warriors, who are without Harrison Barnes, Festus Ezeli and Leandro Barbosa.

4. The impending return of Steve Kerr is a highly anticipated event. “When he does come back, whenever that is, I hope he gets a huge ovation,” Thompson said. Draymond Green smiled and said it’ll be a good homecoming. Kerr could be back as soon as Saturday’s game at Oracle Arena. First, he has to make sure he comes off the road trip refreshed and is feeling up to it.

5. Green, who always had the Tragic Johnson tag on him at Michigan State, was magical with his passing against the Rockets. Sixteen assists for the forward was a career high, and Green stepped forward when Shaun Livingston told him before the game that the offense would run through him and Andrew Bogut. With the Warriors running and cutting and getting easy baskets due to Green spreading it around, they looked like their normal selves even while short-handed.

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Live updates: Warriors vs. Rockets

HOUSTON, TX - DECEMBER 25:  James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets agrues a call with NBA official Gary Zielinski during their game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center on December 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

HOUSTON, TX – DECEMBER 25: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets agrues a call with NBA official Gary Zielinski during their game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Toyota Center on December 25, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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Warriors’ Marreese Speights having ‘worst…most frustrating’ year minutes-wise, but he’s willing to sacrifice

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

DALLAS – Warriors big man Marreese Speights is on pace for the worst season of his career in terms of minutes, scoring and shooting percentage.

Still, on Wednesday before he could get more of an opportunity to play with Festus Ezeli out of action, Speights maintained that he was willing to sacrifice in order to be a part of a championship team.

“This year has probably been the worst,” Speights said of the having his minutes fluctuate. “This year has probably been the most frustrating. But at the end of the day, I understand that if you’re winning, that goal at the year is one of the great feelings ever in the world.

“Every guy wants to play, but at the end of the day, you’ve got to sacrifice if you’re on a great team. I could go leave here and go play on a bad team and play a lot of minutes and get stats, but what is that really proving, you know what I’m talking about?”

Speights did not play in two of the Warriors’ three previous games and is averaging 4.8 points in 9.6 minutes per game. He said he still felt comfortable given that he had been practicing “really well.” He said that while it appears he hasn’t adjusted well to play more power forward, he has only played limited minutes at a time there.

“I learned from leaving Memphis to go to Cleveland that you’ve just got to be patient, man,” Speights said. “You never know what could happen. It’s a long season. Things turn around quick, and the opportunity will come back.

“I’m going to keep working, and I’m going to get my opportunity again.”

Speights saw Andre Iguodala and David Lee accept bench roles on last season’s championship team, but says he bought in from the start.

“I know we’ve got a lot of people on this team who could play,” Speights said. “I make sure I support everything that happens. I can’t really be a circus player because being a good team – a championship team – you can’t be selfish. You’ve got to sacrifice.

“I’m just trying to get on the floor any way possible and see the ball go in and help my team win, but at the end of the day, we’ve been winning. It’s not really about me. I can’t really be down on myself because we’ve lost one game the whole year, so that’d be selfish of me to just worry about me, but I’m not like that. I’ll sacrifice doing on this team whatever role and whatever it is because I know I’m a solid role player, and I’ve been my whole life.”

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James Harden on Warriors’ Klay Thompson naming himself top shooting guard: ‘We really know what’s going on’

The Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson (11) reacts to hitting a 3-point shot against the Houston Rockets in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

The Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) reacts to hitting a 3-point shot against the Houston Rockets in the second quarter of Game 5 of the NBA Western Conference finals at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., on Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

The Warriors’ Klay Thompson chose himself over Houston’s James Harden and Chicago’s Jimmy Butler two weeks ago when considering who the best shooting guard was in the NBA.

Harden, whose team hosts the Warriors on Thursday, slightly shook his head and offered his own opinions on the matter.

“People are going to talk,” Harden told reporters Wednesday. “Just let them talk and do what they’re going to do. Whatever gets them excited, whatever gives them that confidence to want to talk, go ahead and do it. But we really know what’s going on.”

Asked about Harden in wake of Thompson’s pick, Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff told reporters, “I think James is pretty good.”

When Mychal Thompson, Klay’s father, was asked on SiriusXM last week to put on his analyst’s hat and evaluate the case for Klay, he mentioned Harden as well.

“He definitely makes the case,” Mychal said of Klay. “So does Harden, so does Jimmy Butler, Bradley Beal every now and then shows up to be the best from week to week. So it all depends on who’s having the best week. But Klay is definitely in the conversation.”

Harden, of course, did some talking of his won in the preseason to NBA.com when reiterating that he still felt he deserved to win the MVP award over Stephen Curry.

“I am the best player in the league. I believe that,” he said. “I thought I was last year, too.”