Quick hits from practice Sunday:

** Stephen Jackson expects to play Tuesday. Jackson didn’t practice, but did undergo a fairly rigorous shooting workout with assistant coach Rico Hines, and proclaimed his sprained left ankle to be at 90 percent, which is more than good enough. He will most likely open with the defensive assignment of Seattle rookie Kevin Durant.

** Al Harrington said the team is definitely engaging in scoreboard watching, even with a third of the season remaining. “Yeah, every day,” Harrington said. “You’ve got to when you’re on the outside looking in. We realize that we’re in a position where we’ve got to win now.”

** Andris Biedrins did not practice and wasn’t around when the media was allowed in, but he did make it in for the team photo session. The team has still not released an official timetable on Biedrins’ return, so it’s not clear if he’ll follow the typical rehabilitation profile for pro athletes, which is roughly two weeks out of action, or if things are more complicated.

— Geoff

Geoff Lepper

Geoff Lepper has covered the Warriors since 2005 for the Oakland Tribune and Contra Costa Times. Before that, he covered baseball and college sports for the Marin Independent Journal.

  • James

    Thanks for the update, appreciate it!

    Any word if the Notorious POB or Wright getting some burn the next game?

  • casey

    thanks for the info, i sure hope Jack plays Tuesday

  • Geoff Lepper

    Well, there’ll be a whole story in tomorrow’s paper about whether Wright will replace Biedrins and give the Warriors someone who can guard the rim defensively.

    Nellie reiterated today that he would use Wright more — “It’s a big difference in playing him to get experience, which is what I don’t want to do . . . and playing him where he can help us and be a factor. I think he’s at the point now where I feel that maybe he can help us.” — but believing anything Nelson says about those kind of things is a dangerous proposition:

    ** In training camp, Nelson said Marco Belinelli was supposed to start at shooting guard. He’s played all of 164 minutes this season.

    ** In the beginning of January, Nelson said Wright was supposed to play more. Wright got 42 minutes over the Warriors’ next 20 games.

    ** After Chris Webber and Biedrins didn’t seem to mesh well in Webber’s first game, Nelson said Webber would only play center. Five games later, he started at power forward again alongside Biedrins.

    So is it all a smokescreen while Nelson gets ready to play Austin Croshere 32 minutes Tuesday? Who knows.

    — Geoff

  • Wilson

    To me, the most interesting thing Nelson said in that interview was, “It’s a big difference in playing him to get experience, which is what I don’t want to do . . . and playing him where he can help us and be a factor.” That’s no surprise, and exactly what makes me angry about Nelson’s approach. He seems to think that speeding up the development of players by giving them a few game minutes here and there is not his job unless they are better than one of the rotation players. That sounds ridiculous to me. If you have individuals who are anywhere close to contributing as much as one of the rotation players, but have the potential to offer things that the team doesn’t have otherwise, and you don’t play them at all, you eliminate the possibility that they will develop during the season enough to help by season end. Considering the way teams go on runs, often based on score, a few minutes in the first half for a young player is very unlikely to change the course of game. My worry is that if Wright, Belinelli, and POB had been given some game time, one or more of them might have been the difference between making the playoffs and not.

  • Geoff Lepper

    Wilson: I said it on Marcus’ earlier post, but I’ll say it again — Nelson is fighting to earn that now non-guaranteed $5.1 million in ’08-’09, so there’s a huge incentive for him NOT to play youngsters just for development purposes. Therefore, it’s not surprising to me that he doesn’t play young guys and is riding Baron, Jackson and Monta so hard. It could certainly be considered reckless, but not surprising.

    — Geoff

  • goingforthemoney.com

    The bottom line is this, the W’s have to play Wright. He has shown in his limited playing time that he is active and more than capable of helping, not hindering this team. If things don’t work out it nelsons fault not getting him ready in the first place. It’s a shame were talking about nelson philosophy with rookies. It shouldn’t matter if the guy has skills,and clearly Wright got skills and is only going to get better. In everything in life you have to learn by doing not observing. So nelson take your selfish head out you rear end and wise up.

  • Wilson

    Geoff, my take is that Nelson is shooting himself in the foot by not seeing if one or more of the youngsters could develop into a difference maker by playoff time. He may think he’s being smart – but maybe he’s wrong.

  • AJ

    Geoff – any news if the Warriors will sign Brent Barry or Jamal McGlorie?

  • Oldfan

    Geoff regarding your comments at #5, how do you think Mullin feels about that? Or is this sorta a reverse Al Davis, the coach is telling management how its going to be.

    It seems like Mullin would be more than a little concerned about Nellie not utilizing the assets/players he’s brought in…doesn’t that make Mullins talent evaluation suspect?

  • EJ

    YAO IS OUT!! We’re definitely in the playoffs now with only the fading Blazers trailing us and the Nuggets for the final two spots.