By Marcus Thompson
Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 at 12:39 am in Uncategorized.
* As is tradition, the Warriors held an evening practice Tuesday. They aren’t required to be back until 5 p.m. the day before they play, I think. So they started at 6 p.m., instead of noon, which has been the usual time lately.
* Marco Belinelli took part in his first practice since spraining his right ankle. Aside from a thew few extra pounds it looks like he’s gained, he was impressive. The dude didn’t miss. He came down and took a pull-up 3-pointer in transition (foot was on the line, though). All net. The next time down, he was spotting up in the right corner. Lost the defender with a pump fake, stepped in a bit closer. Nailed it. Not bad for a guy who hadn’t done anything with the team before Tuesday night. Nellie called him rusty.
Marco said he was 99 percent and ready to play. But Nellie said he wasn’t sure if he would play Belinelli.
* Andris Biedrins didn’t practice and Brandan Wright wasn’t even there. They’re not playing. Kelenna Azubuike was on the side with a bag of ice strapped to his knee. Safe to say he’s questionable.
* Stephen Jackson, who went to Phoenix for the All-Star festivities, couldn’t buy a shot. All of his pull-up jumpers were short, even when he stepped in. But he did look good getting to the basket, something he’s been doing lately. He made several tough layups in traffic. Morrow was guarding him, so he wasn’t exactly a stopper. But he’s better when he’s driving to score instead of driving to pass, because he has a tendency to telegraph passes.