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News » Andris Biedrins returns for Warriors but re-injures rback

Andris Biedrins returns for Warriors but re-injures rback

Andris Biedrins returns for Warriors but re-injures rback Biedrins returns, but back injury flares up

SACRAMENTO Center Andris Biedrins apparently is going to miss more playing time. He returned to the lineup Sunday, which probably wasn't a good idea.

Biedrins played 21 minutes, totaling two points and six rebounds before leaving midway through the third quarter. He went to the locker room for treatment and never returned.

"He's not doing very well," coach Don Nelson said. "I probably shouldn't have even played him, but we wanted to have another big guy if we possibly could. He couldn't do very much when he was out there, and he has re-injured himself. So that was a bad decision on my part."

Biedrins sat out of a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday after tweaking his back Wednesday against Memphis.

Biedrins said before the game he had no problems during his pregame workout, and he started at center. But after the game, he couldn't even carry his backpack without grimacing in pain.

When asked if he should rest his back, Biedrins responded as he headed to the trainer's room: "Now? Yeah."

Biedrins' regular backup Ronny Turiaf (sprained left knee) did not play and hasn't practiced in days. It is doubtful he will be ready tonight.

That leaves the Warriors with Mikki Moore and Anthony Randolph as the centers and the only defense against Minnesota's Al Jefferson, a bruising 6-foot-10, 265-pounder.

Nelson has said he doesn't want to start Randolph against starting centers, so Moore is expected to start. But Sunday against Sacramento, Nelson gave Randolph the lion's share of the action at center.

Randolph played 22 minutes, finishing with 14 points and two rebounds. Moore had two points and a rebound in three minutes.

The showdown between two of the draft's heralded point guards turned out to be a one-sided affair.

Kings rookie Tyreke Evans, who actually started at shooting guard because of the injury to Kevin Martin, was just shy of dominant. He finished with a game-high 23 points to go with eight rebounds and two steals.

"He's got rookie of the year locked in," Warriors forward Stephen Jackson said.

Warriors rookie point guard Stephen Curry, on the other hand, was hardly a factor. He finished with nine points, six assists and five turnovers in 31 minutes. He had a hard time defending point guard Beno Udrih, who finished with 20 points and six assists. Udrih is hardly the standard for the kind of point guards Curry will have to defend as a starter.

Nelson said he's going to keep Curry in the starting lineup for the immediate future.

The Warriors were outscored 31-23 in the third quarter, and the game was all but over entering the fourth quarter again. In their four losses, the Warriors have been outscored 130-70 in the third quarter.


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