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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-09


Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-09


Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-09Here's the bad news about a soft early schedule: If you fail to take advantage, you dig yourself a deep hole that could impact your entire season.

Such is the predicament into which the Warriors have fallen. They experienced a rare Clippers-Kings double-dunking Friday and Sunday, losing by a total of 41 points.

Sunday's 13-point debacle in Sacramento came one night after the Kings had played at Utah while the Warriors rested. That same scenario played out in the Warriors' opener, when they fell to a Houston club that had been in Portland the night before.

What's the problem? When you lose back-to-back to the Clippers and Kings, clearly there are many.

With the Timberwolves, Pacers, Knicks and Bucks on the slate this week, the Warriors hope one of those problems has been frontcourt injuries. Fifty percent of that issue should be resolved in the next game or two with the expected return of Ronny Turiaf, the club's invaluable backup center.

Don Nelson's recent editions have not been known for their big men, but this year's club had a chance to be a bit different. With Andris Biedrins coming off a double-double season and summer-league standout Anthony Randolph seemingly on the verge of big things, it appeared Nelson would have his best frontcourt combination in years.

Throw in training-camp star Brandan Wright and the veteran Turiaf and the Warriors seemed to have a nice four-man thing going.

But Wright reinjured his shoulder during camp and is lost for the season. Then when Turiaf sprained his left knee Oct. 30 against the Suns -- he hasn't played since -- all of a sudden the Warriors were down to two legitimate frontcourt options.

When Randolph started poorly, earning an early trip to the Nelson doghouse, and Biedrins was hampered by foul trouble and a bad back, the frontcourt became a disaster area.

Just like that, Nelson's best frontcourt in years became his worst.

Turiaf's pending return could change that. He can fill in at power forward when Randolph is having problems, and is more than capable of spelling Biedrins should be forced to sit again because of fouls or his back.

This much for sure: The schedule remains soft. As we see now, that might not be a good thing.

KINGS 120, WARRIORS 107: The Warriors were dominated on the boards 52-34 by the Kings on Sunday night, but you might expect as much when two of your four big men are injured. What wasn't expected in the blowout in Sacramento was that Kings guard Beno Udrih would be the best guard on the court. Udrih (20 points on 9-for-14 shooting, six assists) and rookie Tyreke Evans (23 points) thoroughly outplayed the heralded Warriors duo of Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry, who combined for 18 points and nine turnovers. Losing the battle both in the frontcourt and backcourt led to as many as a 25-point deficit and a second consecutive embarrassing defeat, the first coming in a 118-90 home drubbing Friday at the hands of the Clippers.


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Added: November 9, 2009

 

 
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