By Marcus Thompson
Thursday, October 8th, 2009 at 5:27 pm in Uncategorized.
Monta practiced full bore today. He is probable for Friday’s game. He showed no signs of that ankle sprain that forced him out of action last night. No limping. No favoring. On one play, he got into the lane dribbling to his left and, with a defender on his hip, pulled up and nailed a floater fading to his left. Moments later, going right, he stuck a fade-away jumper from deep. Neither were plays you’d expect to see from a guy with a bad ankle.
Kelenna Azubuike, who missed Wednesday’s game with a sprained right ankle, also practiced and didn’t show any signs of hobbling. He will be a game-time decision. C.J. Watson participated in the contact portion of practice, albeit wearing a brace to protect the MCL sprain in his right knee.
The team announced that forward Brandan Wright is tentatively scheduled to have surgery on his left shoulder surgery tomorrow in Florida. Dr. James Andrews will perform the procedure. Not until after the surgery will his recovery time be known. The Warriors won’t sign him to an extension until then either, which makes sense since surgeries are never a guarantee.
While Steph Curry was getting manhandled by the bigger, physical Lakers, guard Acie Law was taking advantage of the physicality. He seemed to invite it, forcing his way to the basket, a la Maggette. He wound up 11 of 12 from the line. It was probably his strongest performance as a Warrior, as he guarded shooting guards — including Kobe — as well.
LAW: “I took advantage of the situation. Whatever I can do. I just want to do whatever (Nellie) wants me to do. Last night, Buike was hurt, so I got a chance to play. I just wanted to show what I could do. Whatever it takes.”
Of the Warriors four PGs, he is clearly the most physical. Maybe that is the one advantage he needs to get some minutes? Doubt it. Nellie’s going to go with C.J. Watson’s scoring ability every time.