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News » Bell plays in Warriors' loss


Bell plays in Warriors' loss


Bell plays in Warriors' loss BOSTON Warriors guard Raja Bell said he didn't intend it to be a moving gesture. His goal wasn't to inspire or plant a subliminal message in the hearts of his new teammates.

But that's exactly what he did in the Warriors' 109-95 loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

Bell, who was acquired Monday in the Stephen Jackson trade, stunned his teammates and coaches by playing Wednesday, one day after he announced he was having potentially season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist. He scored 11 points in 23 minutes off the bench. He made 4 of 6 shots, including three 3-pointers, and had three assists.

Golden State played just seven guys in a loss at Cleveland the night before on Tuesday, and Bell's minutes proved to be helpful as the Warriors stayed close with Boston for most of the game Wednesday. What's more, Bell gave the Warriors an example of the gutsy, scrappy, sacrificial disposition they need to be successful.

"That meant a lot for me," guard Anthony Morrow said. "He wanted to be with his teammates. It's a reflection of the kind of person he is, a ride or die kind of guy. We definitely need that. Everybody kind of needs to rally around each other and play hard for each other, show a lot of heart, a lot of courage, lot of character. I appreciated that."

The Warriors (3-8) lost four of the five games on this road trip. They won at New York and blew chances to win down the stretch at Indiana, Milwaukee and Cleveland.

Wednesday, they were doomed by another deficient third quarter, being outscored 31-19 as Boston gained control of a tight game.

Eventually, turnovers the Warriors finished with 21, which led to 30 Celtics points helped Boston pull away.

Still, the Warriors headed home feeling good about their effort and seemingly motivated to keep it going. Thanks largely to Bell.

"That surprised the mess out of me," guard Monta Ellis, who had 18 points on 8-for-21 shooting, said of Bell's surprise appearance. "I saw him sitting down. Then to see him take his uniform off and go in the game, it was like, 'Heeeey.' He went out and did a great job actually. He knocked down a couple shots. Rebounded. Defended well. For him to go out and do that, that says a lot. That's a great vet. Once he gets going and gets healthy, ain't no telling what we can do."

While the Warriors are back in the Bay Area, Bell heads to North Carolina today. Monday, he will meet with an orthopedist in the Charlotte area, where he will schedule the surgery.

Bell said his wish Wednesday was that he would play and learn his hand is fine, allowing him to forgo surgery. But the bag party bag of ice on his left wrist after the game suggested that wasn't the case.

He was obviously fine shooting the ball. But he said it was a problem for him to do the little things that make him effective: going for rebounds, steering the offensive player with his forearm, sticking his hands in the mix, hustling for loose balls. After Wednesday, he was sure he needed surgery.

The severity of the tear in Bell's ligament will determine how long he's out, but that can't be determined until the surgeon cuts it open and gets a look inside. At best, Bell will be out for about a month. At worst, he's out for the season.

"That wasn't done for any other reason than I wanted to try and help and see what my hand was going to do one last time before I made a decision," Bell said. "I came into the league with a lot of vets. You played through an injury if you could. (Wednesday night), I felt like I had a responsibility to try to help."

Celtics 109, Warriors 95 ?Friday: vs. Portland, 7:30 p.m. ?TV/Radio: CSN/KNBR (680)


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Added: November 20, 2009

 

 
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