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Pregame Tidbits (at Detroit)

The starting lineup for tonight:

G Jamal Crawford
G Marco Belinelli
F Anthony Randolph
F Rob Kurz
C Ronny Turiaf

* Serious. That’s the starting line-up. Swingman Kelenna Azubuike is out with his mid-back strain. Corey Maggette is out with a sprained right ankle. He injured it when he took out that Bulls cheerleader on the baseline Wednesday. Swingman Stephen Jackson is out with a strained right hamstring that he re-aggravated Wednesday. I’m told it’s something he’s been playing through.
With Ellis, Biedrins, Brandan Wright and Marcus Williams not with the team, the Warriors’ bench is depleted like never before. Anthony Morrow, C.J. Watson and Jermareo Davidson is all the re-enforcement they have.

* On a lighter note, Dave Cowens, an assistant with the Pistons, gave Nellie some photos before the game. Nellie showed them to me. They were those old school pictures, color, but that old school stuff. Remember the old pictures with the white border, on that thick photo paper. Straight nostalgia.
Anyway, they were pictures of Nellie years ago when he was working a camp. In one of them, Nellie had his shirt off, showing his bronze skin and flat stomach, and some navy blue panties. They weren’t really panties, but the tightest Dockers shorts you ever saw. It was like they painted his groin area blue. Hilarious.

* On a serious note, the Pistons announced today that Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He has begun treatment.

Marcus Thompson