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News » Against Clips, big men could play biggest role

Against Clips, big men could play biggest role

Against Clips, big men could play biggest roleIt's almost always a good time to play the Clippers , the Warriors' opponent tonight. But on this occasion, the Warriors could be at a disadvantage in one noticeable area - big men.

Center Andris Biedrins said his playing status is 50-50 after straining his back in the final moments of Wednesday's 113-105 win over Memphis. Biedrins said he would be far from 100 percent if he suits up.

With post Ronny Turiaf still shelved with a sprained left knee, the Warriors could be vulnerable underneath against Clippers 7-footer Chris Kaman averaging 22.6 points, highest among NBA centers, and 10.2 rebounds and 6-11 Marcus Camby.

Even without Biedrins, Anthony Randolph won't be in the starting lineup, coach Don Nelson said - despite Randolph working with the first team in Thursday's practice. Nelson said the starter would be Mikki Moore, who played 21 1/2 minutes Wednesday to Randolph's seven, and Randolph would back up.

"I don't know who can guard Kaman," Nelson said. "Whoever it is will need help and support. He's a handful for us, but we'll figure it out."

As for Randolph's latest role, second-string center, Nelson said, "I don't think it's the offensive end that's going to be a problem for him. It's that he's not used to all of the pushing and bulk that comes with starting 5s. That's why I'm playing him against subs. Most subs are similar in build to him. The Clippers have another big guy DeAndre Jordan, too, but I think Randolph can play against him."

Randolph, who was hoping to be a bigger factor in Nelson's rotation by now, said he wasn't told before the season that he'd be playing center.

"It never came up," he said. "It's all new to me, but, hey, I'm able to adjust. I'm a Basketball player."

Asked about his preferred position, Randolph repeatedly said, "I'm a Basketball player," and added, "I'll come out and play whatever position they want me to play, 1 or 5 or whatever."

Biedrins, who received treatment during Wednesday's practice, said Randolph can be effective at the pivot, but "it depends on the matchup. If it's a big guy, the only concern for him is not to get in foul trouble. But he can get rebounds and block shots."

Biedrins said his injury isn't serious and that he's not overly concerned, "because I never had problems with my back. I think I'll be fine."

Briefly: Nelson was still buzzing about Monta Ellis' performance against the Grizzlies 24 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds, mostly as the playmaker. "That's what I was hoping for. This is the first time he responded on the floor," Nelson said. ... Baron Davis, who's averaging 11.4 points and 7.6 assists per game, is back in Oakland tonight. Asked what he learned from his former backcourt mate, Ellis said, "Just how to control the game and make a play when a play needs to be made. You've got to try to calm everybody down and let everybody stay in the game. I'm going to get my shot regardless, so it's about trying to get everybody else involved."

Warriors tonight 1-4 vs. Warriors 1-2Oracle Arena7:30 p.m.CSNBA/680Baron Davis returns for the second time. ... Clips average 17.6 turnovers per game.

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