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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-08

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-08

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-08The Warriors might have felt like they hit rock bottom in Friday's 118-90 home drubbing at the hands of the Clippers, but Golden State fans know better.

Losing at home to the Kings would be even worse.

Such is the current state of the Warriors, who hadn't lost in Oakland to the Clippers in almost four years before Friday's debacle. Now they must rebound against their nearby rivals from the north Sunday night in order to avoid taking the early lead for the dreaded "Worst in California" distinction.

Rebound is the appropriate word. The Warriors played without Andris Biedrins (sore back) and Ronny Turiaf (sprained knee) Friday and watched as Chris Kaman burned them for 22 points in 28 minutes.

Biedrins told reporters Thursday his back isn't in bad shape, and he hopes to get the go-ahead for the Sacramento game. Turiaf isn't nearly that close to returning.

The Warriors started Mikki Moore at center against the Clippers and backed him up with Anthony Randolph. So you can understand why even Kings center Spencer Hawes is licking his chops.

Even in going 29-53 last season, the Warriors were comforted in knowing the Clippers were 10 games worse, with the worst-in-the-West Kings even two more games farther back. Golden State went 3-1 against its California lightweight rivals in Oakland, the lone loss coming to the Kings in overtime.

CLIPPERS 118, WARRIORS 90: Baron Davis had some memorable moments in 3-1/2 years as a Warrior. Few were more enjoyable than the 48 minutes he experienced as an ex-Warrior on Friday night. Davis dazzled his old fans at Oracle Arena with 25 points, seven assists and four steals, directing the Clippers to a shockingly easy road win, their first in Oakland in their last eight visits. Davis was making just his second Oakland regular-season appearance since leaving Golden State as a free agent following the 2007-08 season, unhappy that the Warriors would not give him a five-year deal similar to the one the Clippers were offering. If he still had something to prove, he certainly did Friday, thoroughly outplaying former backcourt mate Monta Ellis and rookie Stephen Curry, the man drafted to step into his big shoes this year.

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