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News » Warriors' Randolph injured

Warriors' Randolph injured

Warriors' Randolph injured Warriors coach Don Nelson is unsure if Anthony Randolph will play in the season opener Wednesday after the second-year forward aggravated his lower-back injury Tuesday during an exhibition loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Ontario.

Randolph, who suffered a bruised tailbone last week against the Los Angeles Clippers, did not practice Wednesday and was examined by team physician Frank Chen. According to a Warriors spokesman, Randolph has a lower-back contusion and spasms and a left-knee contusion.

Swingman Stephen Jackson, who also missed practice and was examined by Chen, was diagnosed with a mild strain in his right hamstring. Jackson suffered the injury Tuesday.

Both players are listed as doubtful for today's exhibition finale against New Orleans, although Nelson said Jackson's injury isn't major.

Randolph fell hard on his back in the first quarter against the Lakers and was removed from the game. He returned and played a combined 20 minutes but had just one point, one rebound and five fouls.

"He may miss some time," Nelson said Wednesday. "I don't know (if he'll miss any regular-season games). But we just want to get him healthy, and he hasn't been healthy for over a week."

Randolph has started all seven of the team's exhibitions this month and averaged 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds. If Randolph is unable to play in Wednesday's home opener against Houston, Nelson said he might start Corey Maggette, Mikki Moore or Ronny Turiaf in the front court.

"We're used to having players miss all the time, different things. You get used to it," Nelson said. "You'd think it would be like the old days where everybody would play every game, but it's just not that way anymore."

Nelson said his brother-in-law, Mark Van Kampen, is still in intensive care in a Southern California hospital after a motorcycle accident Sunday prompted doctors to amputate one of his legs. Nelson said Van Kampen's vital signs were good, but he's "not out of the woods yet, for sure."

As expected, the Warriors waived forward/center Shaun Pruitt.

C.J. Watson, who scored 14 points Tuesday, said he is playing at 75 to 80 percent after suffering a right sprained medial collateral ligament late last month.

Guard Acie Law IV, who has missed the past four exhibitions because of a sprained left ankle, practiced Wednesday.

Guard Kelenna Azubuike and swingman Devean George were at practice but only participated in drills.

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