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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-15


Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-15


Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-15Stephen Jackson and Monta Ellis have gotten almost all of the Warriors' headlines this season. And those they haven't for the most part have gone to Stephen Curry and Anthony Randolph.

Being that all four of those players are healthy, the casual fan might be surprised to hear the Warriors are in terrible shape physically. And it's getting worse.

Already without Andris Biedrins, Ronny Turiaf and Brandan Wright -- three of their best frontcourt players -- the Warriors lost Kelenna Azubuike to a potentially severe left knee injury in the third minute of Saturday's 129-125 loss to the Bucks.

Azubuike, the team's starting small forward, was driving left to right when his knee buckled as he attempted to elevate in the lane. He was in so much pain in midflight, he didn't even bother trying to get his legs back underneath him, falling flat on his back.

His back apparently is fine. His knee isn't.

The preliminary report was that Azubuike suffered damage to the patellar tendon. The severity of the damage won't be known until he gets a thorough examination from the Warriors' medical staff in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Azubuike was flown straight back to Oakland after the game. He will definitely miss the fourth and fifth games of the Warriors' current road trip -- Tuesday at Cleveland and Wednesday at Boston -- and quite possibly much, much more, depending upon the results of the tests.

If surgery is required, his season could be over. The Warriors already have lost Wright for the year due to shoulder surgery.

Plucked by the Warriors out of the NBA Developmental League in 2007, Azubuike had scored in double figures in seven of the team's first eight games. The London native had 31 and 22, respectively, in the Warriors' two recent wins over the Timberwolves and Knicks.

BUCKS 129, WARRIORS 125: The Warriors might have lost to the Bucks on Saturday night, but they can only hope their next two games go so well. A team that already has had its emotional ups and downs -- mostly downs -- this season, the Warriors looked like a happy team while spreading the ball around unselfishly and pouring in 125 points on a team that had allowed triple digits to just one previous opponent. Shockingly given that three regulars didn't play and a fourth got hurt within three minutes, the Warriors got 20 or more effective minutes from five different backups. And in the end, on the back end of a back-to-back, they had a chance to win, but Anthony Morrow's potential go-ahead 3-pointer with 12 seconds left bounced off the rim, allowing the Bucks to escape with a thoroughly entertaining victory.


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Added: November 15, 2009

 

 
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