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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-12-10

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-12-10

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-12-10With close to $15 million in expiring contracts this season, the Warriors have the potential to be at least a small-time player in the NBA's free-agent market next summer.

The question is: In which aisle will Golden State do its shopping?

The obvious answer would appear to be: The bigger, the better. But that won't necessarily be the case.

It all depends upon what kind of season Anthony Randolph has.

The Warriors are set for at least a couple of years with centers Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf. Heck, they even employ veteran center Mikki Moore, whose season-best 16 points and seven rebounds helped the club win at New Jersey on Wednesday night.

So power forward probably would be the No. 1 priority if the decision had to be made today. Fortunately for the Warriors, it doesn't.

Much of the rest of this season will be devoted to evaluating intriguing second-year forward Randolph. Clearly, he has an upside.

The left-hander demonstrated his tremendous potential in Wednesday's win. He squeezed 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three blocks and a steal into 20 action-packed minutes.

Not coincidentally, the Warriors outscored the Nets by 15 points -- almost exactly the margin of victory -- during those 20 minutes.

Randolph's performance was in stark contrast to his effort in Monday's trip-opening loss at Oklahoma City. In that game, he missed four of his six shots and committed four fouls.

In the two games immediately before that, he'd followed up a zero-rebound night with 13 boards and 28 points.

You never know what you're going to get from the 20-year-old night to night, and that's why power forward remains a huge question mark in the Warriors' future.

Sixty-one games from now, we'll see if that's still the case.

WARRIORS 105, NETS 89: The Warriors are far from the best team in the NBA these days. But for one day, anyway, they can be comforted in knowing they likewise are far from being the worst. Despite nearly losing all of an 18-point lead late in the game Wednesday, the Warriors rode the clutch shooting of Monta Ellis to a losing-streak-ending win at New Jersey. Ellis, who began the game 1-for-10, hit three consecutive shots down the stretch as the visitors were able to regain control and earn acting coach Keith Smart a third win in seven games as Don Nelson's replacement during his illness.

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