History under threat as part of mixed injury news for Warriors ahead of Mavs meeting

Dallas Mavericks v Golden State Warriors - Game Five
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Kevon Looney's consecutive game streak is under threat with the veteran center questionable for the Golden State Warriors meeting with the Dallas Mavericks at Chase Center on Saturday.

The 27-year-old has played 259 combined regular season and playoff games in a row -- that's second in the league behind Brooklyn Nets' forward Mikal Bridges and seventh in Golden State franchise history. Looney is questionable due to general illness, having played just 14 minutes in Thursday's 12-point loss to the Miami Heat.

The Dallas Mavericks could be without a star pair when they visit the Golden State Warriors in a marquee matchup on Saturday

While Looney could be absent for the Warriors, the franchise will welcome the return of Gary Payton II who's missed the last 13 games with a calf injury. The defensive-minded guard will be on a minutes restriction, according to ESPN's Kendra Andrews.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks could be without their two best players with Kyrie Irving doubtful and Luka Doncic questionable for the important matchup.

Irving has missed the last 11 games since suffering a foot injury on December 8 against the Portland Trail Blazers. The eight-time All-Star has averaged 23 points and 5.2 assists on 47/38/90 shooting splits in 17 games this season.

Luka Doncic, Gary Payton II
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Payton's return could prove timely as Golden State seeks to find a way to stop Doncic, assuming the MVP candidate does take the floor. The 24-year-old has been on a tear in Irving's absence, averaging a ridiculous 37.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 10.5 assists over his last 10 games.

Doncic dropped 50 points and 15 assists in a Christmas Day special against the Phoenix Suns, before following that with 39, 7 and 6 despite the Mavericks loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Doncic has led Dallas to the eighth-best offense in the league and a 18-14 overall record, though their 22nd-ranked defense should provide the Warriors a chance to respond after a lacklustre outing against the Heat.

Golden State will need a bounceback performance from their superstar Stephen Curry, with the two-time MVP having scored just 31 combined points on 10-of-36 shooting (5-of-21 three-point shooting) over the last two games.