Pacific Division Notes: Warriors, Nurkic, Bagley III

Sam Amico

WARRIORS

The Warriors begin a five-game road swing Thursday at the Eastern Conference-leading Raptors and Klay Thompson suggested it could be the start of a rivalry.

“They got tremendous length," the Warriors shooting star said of the Raptors, who have the best overall record in the NBA at 17-4. "They got so many two-way players, and obviously Kawhi [Leonard] is back and playing at an MVP level.

"Kyle Lowry is a great leader as well as a bulldog out there. So, it’s going to be a great test for us. And who knows? It might be a preview of June. But, they got something really special up there in Canada right now."

The two-time defending champion Warriors have won three straight and sit at 15-7. Injured guard Steph Curry is expected to return at some point during the tip.

TRAIL BLAZERS

Starting center Jusuf Nurkic isn't expected to miss any time after suffering a shoulder contusion in Monday's loss to the Clippers.

"After participating in non-contact portions of the Blazers' practice on Tuesday, Nurkic said he 'probably' would play (Wednesday) against the Magic. He is not listed on the Blazers' injury report for the game," Joe Freeman of the Oregonian reported.

KINGS

Rookie big man and No. 2 overall draft pick Marvin Bagley III has been picking it up lately, as relayed by Noel Harris of the Sacramento Bee.

Bagley has scored at least 10 points in five consecutive games, as Harris noted, averaging 16 points on 54 percent shooting in that span.

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