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Inside: Practice (4/9)

** First, the hard news: Rookie forward Brandan Wright may not be available Thursday. He’s being termed “day-to-day” by the team because of a strained left groin he suffered in the Warriors’ 140-132 win over Sacramento on Tuesday.

Wright couldn’t say when exactly the injury occurred, but he didn’t notice it until he started cooling down after his 6-minute stint in the second quarter.

“It’s probably like a day-to-day thing. Nothing serious, though,” said Wright, who suffered a similar injury during his high school career. “It can linger if you don’t get on top of it, but I’m definitely going to be on it three or four times a day, so we’ll see how it goes.”

Warriors coach Don Nelson said Wright’s absence makes it “triply good” that Mickael Pietrus has returned from his own bout with a strained groin.

** Nelson said that he would be making changes from the game plan that led to a 119-112 defeat in Denver two weeks ago, but his team didn’t meet very long for its shootaround (they won’t be holding one tomorrow because of the early 5 p.m. start time dictated by TNT). So it’s doesn’t seem like there was that much new material to go over.

** The Warriors’ locker room is filled with good guys who are even better quotes, but Pietrus can be on a level all his own sometimes. Take this exchange from today’s Q&A:

How does this run compare with last year’s? Is it more intense? Are there more expectations?
It’s more intense because in the West, there’s no games for free right now, because I think everybody’s going to play until the end. We’ll see. I really want to go to the playoffs. Trust me, I really want to go. It’s fun. Did you come last year in the playoffs?

Oh, yeah.
Did you wear that “We Believe” shirt?

I grabbed one, yeah.
You have to wear it, not grab it. You have to wear it, right? [Here, MP turns to Warriors PR official Raymond Ridder.] Hey, tomorrow we need like 23,000 “We Believe” shirts! [Replies Ridder: "And, we need everybody there at 5 o’clock."] A 5 o’clock game tomorrow. I want to talk to all the fans to get their drink on, get their T-shirt on and let’s ready to war. That’s it. Be there at 5, because it’s going to be a fun party tomorrow. Trust me.

– 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.

  • Anthos

    Beat Denver P-E-R-I-O-D

  • stanley

    mikey-p is the best. does one or two dumb things a night (those darn negative-step travels he does!!!), but hes always been a favorite of mine cause he plays hard, and he always seems to be smiling and having a great time out there! no coincidence he started playing much better after the trade deadline, huh? go dubs!

  • manhattanproj

    well the key is pretty much find a way to stop kenyon martin, najera, klaza, and all the role players.

    ai and carmelo are going to get theirs, so stopping the role players is going to be key. and limit the offensive rebounds.

    hope pietrus can provide something for the w’s tonight. if he has a good game, the w’s will likely win.

  • manhattanproj

    good season nonetheless, time for the lottery.

    alot of good prospects in the draft, even at #14, w’s could get a player that is possibly a top 10 talent in any other drafts.

    wonder if we could get iguodala in the offseason. he certainly can improve the w’s defense and gives the w’s another playmaker.

  • Andy

    Just… what a letdown.

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