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News » Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-03-02

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-03-02

Golden State Warriors Getting Inside 2009-03-02
Don Nelson realizes his plan to sit out one veteran player per game is going to put his team at a bit of a disadvantage. But please don't tell him he's doing it to intentionally lose games and improve his team's chances of getting a high pick.

The fans want him to play younger guys, he insists, and that's exactly what he's doing -- just as many teams in many sports do toward the end of losing seasons.

"It's way better for (a player) to miss a game than to play 15 minutes because I'm going to play three guys at the same position," Nelson explained of his thinking to The Oakland Tribune. "Most players would agree that it's much better the way that I'm doing it."

Nelson got some negative feedback from respected agent Aaron Goodwin after selecting his client, Jamal Crawford, to be the first player to sit out last Friday against Charlotte. But so far no player has publicly complained.

Stephen Jackson was the second to get a healthy night off, missing Sunday's home loss to Utah. Nelson also announced that Andris Biedrins would sit out Friday's game at Detroit.

The club also has been without Monta Ellis, who is resting a sore ankle.

Despite opening a door, Nelson has made something crystal clear to his young players: No playing time is guaranteed just because one additional veteran is sitting out. The goal remains to win.

"That's part of the deal -- that they have to come through," the 1,300-win coach assured. "They have to play well, play hard, follow the game plan."

JAZZ 112, WARRIORS 104: Now we see why Stephen Jackson handles the ball as much as he does. Warriors fans complain a lot about Jackson's turnovers -- he averaged 5.6 in his last five games -- but on Sunday night, they saw what life without the versatile forward is like. Golden State committed a season-worst 25 turnovers, which Utah turned into 32 points. The visitors enjoyed a 26-point advantage in points off turnovers, which more than accounted for the difference in the final score. The Warriors lost despite shooting 51.3 percent. Corey Maggette, the team's leading scorer with 27 points, also led the team in turnovers with five.

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