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News » Moore makes less-than stellar start

Moore makes less-than stellar start

Moore makes less-than stellar start When the Warriors signed free-agent Mikki Moore in September, the 11th-year reserve was viewed as an insurance policy for centers Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf .

The Warriors just didn't think they'd have to make a claim this early in the season.

With Biedrins out Friday with a bad back and Turiaf missing his second game with a knee injury, Moore was a part of the Warriors' fourth starting lineup in as many games Friday against the Clippers. But his line of zero points, four rebounds, four turnovers and three fouls in 18 minutes left much to be desired.

Moore "has a lot of experience, so he knows how to play against guys, stay out of trouble and go to his strengths," coach Don Nelson said before Friday's game. "He doesn't have anything to hang his hat on as far as greatness, but he's a pretty good all-around player."

But on Friday, Moore had to deal with Chris Kaman , a 7-footer who entered the game on a four-game streak of scoring at least 20 points and was averaging 22.6 points - seven higher than his career best. He finished with 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds, sitting down after three quarters.

The Warriors were hoping Moore's infectious energy and an on-court nasty streak would help their sometimes lackluster defense. Instead the Clippers scored 30 first-quarter points on 66.7 percent shooting.

Moore gave way to second-year center Anthony Randolph at the start of the second quarter, a move that drew a loud ovation from the crowd and a hug from Moore. Nelson said before the game that Randolph will play mostly against opponents' backup centers while he adjusts to the new position, but it was Randolph who ended up logging 29 minutes Friday.

"Right now, it would be very difficult to win the game if he played a lot of minutes," Nelson said before the game. "Things haven't gone real well when he's been in there."

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