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News » Now, it's Randolph's turn to be hurt

Now, it's Randolph's turn to be hurt

Now, it's Randolph's turn to be hurt The revolving door between the Warriors' lineup and their medical ward continued its seemingly perpetual spin Tuesday.

Two games after getting Ronny Turiaf back from a sprained knee, the Warriors announced that Anthony Randolph will miss at least a week with a sprained left ankle. Raja Bell was scheduled for his left wrist surgery Thursday.

Randolph was injured in the third quarter Monday, when he tried to plant his foot while being pushed in the back by Indiana's Jeff Foster . The second-year forward could miss as much as two weeks, according to the Warriors .

"I thought he was on the verge of having a good game," acting coach Keith Smart said. "He was in a good place. He was in a nice rhythm, and I thought he was going to do some things.

"It's unfortunate to have that setback."

Randolph had 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting before limping off the floor against Indiana. The Warriors have already lost big men Turiaf, Andris Biedrins groin and Brandan Wright shoulder for extended periods.

"It's been a roller-coaster ride, but the guys who have been able to play are very competitive and very positive," Mikki Moore said. "Everyone is willing to step in and take those minutes."

Moore has been exhibit A of that sentiment. He's playing with a bone spur in his right heel, which has been hurting since last season.

"That's how I've always been taught," Moore said. "The way I got into the game was through guys getting hurt, so I'm going to continue to play unless I just can't be out there."

Bell's surgery will be performed by Dr. Paul Perlik in Charlotte, N.C. If repairs to the torn ligaments require screws, Bell will miss the rest of the season. If not, he'll be out four to five more weeks.

Acting coach Keith Smart said he wasn't surprised in the least that NBA Developmental League call-up Chris Hunter scored eight points in 12 minutes against Indiana on Monday. "He's playing like he's trying to pay the rent," Smart said.The air up there Acting coach Keith Smart thought the Warriors' bodies would adjust to playing at altitude midway through the first half. Instead, that's when things spiraled downward in Golden State's loss to Denver.

"You've just got to run extremely hard during pregame for about two minutes and burst a little seal on your lungs," said Smart, who trained in Colorado Springs with the 1988 Pan American team. "Your lungs eventually catch up."

The Warriors sprinted out of the gates, taking a 24-16 lead on a Monta Ellis three-point play and holding the Nuggets to 39 percent shooting. Then the Golden State players spent time with their hands on their knees, searching for air in the second quarter as Denver took a 22-point lead.

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