By Jon Becker
Tuesday, December 1st, 2009 at 6:00 pm in Uncategorized.
Forward Anthony Randolph has been diagnosed with a left ankle sprain and will be out of the lineup for between 7-14 days, the Warriors announced before Tuesday’s game at Denver.
Randolph rolled his left ankle midway through the third quarter of Monday’s home game against Indiana. He did not make the trip to Denver with the Warriors early Tuesday morning.
Warriors assistant coach Keith Smart said Randolph, who had played in every game this season, was just starting to find a rhythm against the Pacers when the injury occurred. He had 12 points and was 5 of 6 from the floor. Randolph’s been averaging 11.5 points per game.
The Warriors play Houston and Orlando Thursday and Saturday, respectively, before going on a five-game road trip. It’s possible Randolph would join the team on that trip or just wait for the Dec. 16 home game against San Antonio.
“He was on the verge of having a good game,” Smart said of Randolph’s performance Monday night. “He was in a good place in practice the day after the Lakers game. He started the game off really well and had a nice rhythm. He had done some things that the coaches had worked with him on about being aggressive and assertive.”
The team also announced that guard Raja Bell will have his wrist surgery on Thursday in Charlotte, N.C. by Dr. Paul Perlik. It remains to be seen whether Bell will be out for the season or just a few weeks.
Smart said Ronny Turiaf will be a game-time decision after the forward also limped off the Oracle Arena court Monday night. Turiaf said he’s fine and that he’s always available, although he was in street clothes an hour before tipoff. … Swingman Devean George did not make the trip.
– Curtis Pashelka