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News » Biedrins might be close to returning

Biedrins might be close to returning

Biedrins might be close to returning Amid an interview about the team's injury woes last week, Warriors guard Monta Ellis stopped and had a question of his own.

"We miss Andris Biedrins , our best rebounder," Ellis said. "You forgot he was on the team, didn't you?"

Biedrins may soon offer a reminder. The 7-footer is going on the team's five-game trip starting Monday in Oklahoma City, likely an indication he's closing in on a return.

After averaging 11.2 points and 11.9 rebounds last season, Biedrins has missed 14 games with an abdominal and groin strain sustained in the second half of the Sacramento game Nov. 6. The injury usually takes four to six weeks to heal, and today marks four weeks.

The Warriors have been outrebounded in 13 of those 14 games, the 14th being a 37-37 rebound tie against the New York Knicks on Nov. 13. The low point came in Denver on Tuesday, when the Warriors were outboarded 57-33.

"It's been a bumpy road with our team, but we have to go out and do what we can with what we've got," Ellis said.

"Everyone knows that we're banged up and beat up, but they're giving their best efforts," general manager Larry Riley said. "If we can continue that until we get some players back, that's really all we can ask them to do."

Some players won't be coming back.

Kelenna Azubuike knee and Brandan Wright shoulder are out for the season, and Raja Bell wrist and Speedy Claxton knee are probably in the same situation. Anthony Randolph ankle and Ronny Turiaf knee still aren't at full strength.

"It's absolutely frustrating," Riley said. "It's very difficult to evaluate this team because you want to see them on the floor together, and we haven't been able to do that.

"We need to get everyone back and see where this team stands."

Three Orlando players Matt Barnes, Adonal Foyle and Mickael Pietrus were on the during their upset of top-seeded Dallas in the 2007 playoffs. Pietrus made the pregame rounds through Oracle Arena, chatting up ushers and hugging fans.- Rusty SimmonsBoos for Maggette The Oracle Arena fans have made a habit of booing Corey Maggette for missed jump shots this season, so he didn't give them much chance to jeer him Saturday night.

The 11th-year forward took only five field-goal attempts - three jumpers that were booed and two layups. He still pitched in 11 points on 9-of-12 free-throw shooting and had six rebounds.

The harshest reaction to his play came after a first-half fast break that drew loud taunts. On the play, he faked a pass to an invisible teammate, air-balled a layup and caught it for a traveling violation.

Up next Who: at Thunder 10-9

When: 5 p.m. Monday

TV / Radio: CSNBA / 680

Of note: Oklahoma City is 8-0 when it scores at least 100. The Warriors have held only one opponent to less than 105 points.

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Added: December 8, 2009


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