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News » Golden State Warriors' Anthony Randolph leaves for family emergency

Golden State Warriors' Anthony Randolph leaves for family emergency

Golden State Warriors' Anthony Randolph leaves for family emergency NEW YORK A 16-point loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, coupled with the bad news that Anthony Randolph had to leave the Warriors for a family emergency, makes guard Anthony Morrow's presence all the more welcome for today's game against the New Jersey Nets.

The Warriors got their sharpshooting guard back after he went through a travel nightmare. Morrow missed Saturday's loss to visiting Orlando to attend a family member's funeral over the weekend. On Monday, he spent more than 11 hours in airports trying to get back to the team, fighting against time and inclement weather.

His flight out of Charlotte, N.C., on Monday was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. It was supposed to arrive in Oklahoma City in the early afternoon, which would have allowed Morrow to play Monday night. But he wound up going from Charlotte to Detroit to Dallas to Memphis before joining the team after the game just in time to fly with the Warriors to New York.

"It was terrible," Morrow said after Tuesday's practice. "Awful."

The Warriors got Morrow back but may lose Randolph for today's game. The second-year forward knew about the emergency before Monday's loss at Oklahoma City, which at least one teammate said affected his performance. But Randolph didn't inform the team until after the game.

He stayed back in Oklahoma and flew to Arkansas on Tuesday morning. A team official said the Warriors hope Randolph will rejoin the team at some point in the next couple days, but his return has not been set.

Randolph's bad news made it bittersweet that Morrow is back. After two games without him, it's clear the Warriors missed Morrow.

Golden State set a season low in points (88) and assists (12) against Oklahoma City. The Warriors not only missed Morrow's 14.6 points per game average, but the threat of his outside shot spreads the floor and opens up driving lanes, which is especially important for guard Monta Ellis.

"He's very important to Monta because teams can't totally leave him," acting coach Keith Smart said. "They know that shot is pretty much going to go down 95 percent of the time. They doubled up on Monta a little bit (Monday) night, closed off some lanes and forced other guys to make some shots. Unfortunately those guys didn't make those shots."

Plus, Morrow has emerged as an emotional leader for the Warriors . The Warriors missed his intensity and screaming to get teammates pumped up. Smart said they could've used an emotional jolt in the second half but had a lineup of "very quiet guys" in the rotation Monday.

Morrow was back to normal in practice Tuesday, knocking down shots and mixing it up with his teammates. Morrow said it feels good to be missed and said he appreciated the team's embrace.

"You're dealing with emotional issues there because it's family," Smart said. "Then you throw in the travel day. You're spent all the way through. It's a breath of fresh air to see him. He's an open-heart-type guy so all the players really respect him. He brings a joy with him when he comes back around."

Notes: Center Ronny Turiaf had his left knee checked out Tuesday by Dr. David Altchek in New York. He was cleared to increase his level of activity. The Warriors are targeting a return for Turiaf two weeks from now. ... Center Andris Biedrins is also about two weeks from coming back. He is in week five of his recovery from osteitis pubis, a strain of the muscles that connect the groin and abdomen. According to the Warriors , that injury takes a maximum of six weeks from which to recover. A team official said Biedrins is making progress and is increasing his Basketball and fitness activities. ... After practice Tuesday, the team met with Billy Hunter, executive director of the NBA Players Association, about various financial matters.TODAY: at Nets, 4:30 p.m. TV: CSNBA. Radio: 1050-AM

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