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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-17

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-17

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-11-17Trading one of their malcontents, Stephen Jackson, on Monday was a huge positive in terms of the Warriors' outlook and morale. But it left the team in even worse shape physically -- hard as it might be to believe -- in the immediate future.

Yes, the Warriors shed themselves of Jackson and his cancerous attitude, and they got the Charlotte Bobcats to take the remainder of his enormous contract, which totals $28 million for three years after this season.

Golden State even got two serviceable players in return -- Vladimir Radmanovic, an unusually good 3-point shooter for a 6-10 forward, and guard Raja Bell, who instantly becomes the Warriors' best defensive player and is coming off his best season. Reserve guard Acie Law also went to Charlotte in the deal.

One problem (well, several) going into the Warriors' game Tuesday at Cleveland:

--Radmanovic and Bell might not be available.

--Andris Biedrins, Ronny Turiaf and Brandan Wright -- three of the Warriors' best frontcourt players -- are out, as is Kelenna Azubuike, who suffered what appeared to be a severe left knee injury Saturday and probably is out for all or most of the season.

--Guard C.J. Watson has been diagnosed with the H1N1 virus and will miss at least the next two games.

Add it all up and the Warriors might have only seven players available Tuesday, and they had only six on the court at practice Monday. Forward Devean George, who has a knee problem and has yet to even practice with the team, was flown to Cleveland, but it wasn't clear whether he could play if needed.

Azubuike, the team's starting small forward, was driving to the basket in the third minute of Saturday's game 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.

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