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News » Golden State Warriors notebook: Vladimir Radmanovic makes good use of ample playing time

Golden State Warriors notebook: Vladimir Radmanovic makes good use of ample playing time

Golden State Warriors notebook: Vladimir Radmanovic makes good use of ample playing time Radmanovic makes good use of ample playing time

DALLAS Warriors forward Vladimir Radmanovic can't bring himself to complain about his abundance of minutes.

Even though most of his playing time Tuesday was spent guarding Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, one of the toughest covers in the league, and operating as a big man banging in the key, Radmanovic said he's "just enjoying the situation."

In Tuesday's 111-103 Warriors win, Radmanovic played all 48 minutes, finishing with 14 points, a team-high 12 rebounds and four steals. He helped the Warriors outrebound Dallas 46-41. The Mavericks were without starting center Erick Dampier and starting small forward Shawn Marion.

"Being so short-handed right now," said Radmanovic, who had 13 rebounds total his first three games with the Warriors , "we need team effort. We need everybody to be there and help each other. As a 'four' man, that's my job to get as many as I can. I'm going to try to focus on that part of my game, because I haven't done a great job doing it and I know it's my weakness."

Radmanovic has paid immediate dividends since coming over to the Warriors from Charlotte in the Stephen Jackson trade. He's averaging 10.2 points and 6.2 rebounds in 32.5 minutes in four games with Golden State. At 6-foot-10, 235 pounds, he's given the Warriors much-needed size and, though he's shooting 4-for-15 from 3-point range, he's spreading the floor the way the Warriors want from their big men.

Tuesday, Radmanovic was most impressive on defense, which contradicts his reputation. Nowitzki finished with 28 points on 9-for-18 shooting. But Radmanovic often got a hand in Nowitzki's face and prevented the Mavericks' leading scorer from just backing him down with ease.

"Radmanovic did a great job with the pick-and-roll," acting head coach Keith Smart said, "helping and getting back to his guy. So here's another guy. He comes to our team and understands defensive principles and is able to execute them. That's only going to help you later on."

Starting center Andris Biedrins made the trip. He spent two weeks doing nothing, resting his strained abdominal and quadriceps muscle. That was enough. He joined the team on the road trip to get some rehab work done.

Guard Anthony Morrow set a career high with six 3-pointers.


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