* Azubuike is out. Left knee tendinitis. Guess who’s starting in his place? Ronny Turiaf. Nellie reads my blog.
* Tracy McGrady is also out with a sprained left ankle. Ron Artest is starting in his place. So, my guestimation: Ronny is going to guard Yao. Which puts Andris on Scola and Stephen Jackson on Battier. Monta matches up with Rafer Alston and Crawford gets Artest. See any problems for the Warriors defense?
* Nellie expressed some regret for playing Jackson so many minutes. Ellis played 38 minutes, which is a lot considering Nellie said he wasn’t sure if Monta was going to play, and Crawford played 37-plus. I would expect to see more of Watson and Morrow early, especially with no Azubuike. The only question is, can the Warriors stay close enough to rest the key guys early.
* Still no word for Morrow in regards to the 3-point contest at All-Star Weekend. He remains the last home for Warriors representation.