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Coach Don Nelson made it official: Monta Ellis will be back and in the starting lineup tonight against Portland for the enjoyment of a national TV audience.
Ellis missed six games because of a sore back, and the Warriors went 1-5 in his absence, losing all five games on their recent Southeastern road trip.
C.J. Watson made it back from his family funeral in time to play, but big man Ronny Turiaf remains sidelined by a sore left knee, leaving Chris Hunter as the team’s lone legitimate center.
… for yours truly talking over the state of the Warriors with new (and well-deserved) daytime host Damon Bruce on the young, hungry upstart half of KNBR, 1050 AM. I can promise it will be more fun than the Don Nelson Show. Really.
The Warriors just sent out a release with details of second opinion on Monta Ellis’ injured left knee from Dr. James Andrews, the surgeon who originally fixed Ellis’ ACL tear in that knee as a high schooler. The release says that Andrews confirmed the team’s original diagnosis of a sprained knee. Ellis won’t play tonight against the Sacramento Kings but will be listed as day-to-day after that.
The upshot? Well, it’s interesting that Ellis feels the need to seek out a second opinion, since that would seem to potentially indicate he’s still having trouble with the knee, even after nine days of rest. (Rest from the team, at least. Who knows how that fishing trip went?)
It also means Stephen Curry will have every chance to press his case in the Rookie of the Year race in tonight against front-runner Tyreke Evans.
By Geoff Lepper
I’m not sure if Anthony Randolph rents or owns his in-season home here in the Bay Area, so I don’t know which piece of advice to give him. It’s either:
a) Call your landlord and find out what you need to do to ensure to get your security deposit back.
b) Call a good real-estate agent and get started on staging that sucker, because with this market, it could take months to sell.
Whatever is the case, it appears obvious from general manager Larry Riley’s comments Saturday night that Randolph is on the block and that the Warriors expect to give up the second-year forward in the near future.
UPDATED: Nelson just met with the media and said his back is “doing OK,” even as he wore an ice bag on it. Smart will be the coach working the sideline during the game, since going from sitting to standing is one of the things that pains Nelson the most right now.
Maybe he just didn’t want to miss the “big hug” that Stephen Jackson has promised him, but Don Nelson will coach tonight against the Charlotte Bobcats despite painful back spasms, according to general manager Larry Riley.
“We’ll see how long he lasts,” Riley joked.
Nelson complained of the back problem Thursday after practice and missed the Warriors’ shootaround Friday morning because of them. If Nelson is indeed unable to continue, Keith Smart will take over. Smart went 3-7 subbing in November and December when Nelson suffered from pneumonia.
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