He held on as long as he could, but center Mikki Moore is now going to have surgery to repair bone spurs in his right heal. The Warriors are down three centers.
Could that mean Anthony Randolph is back in the starting lineup? Nelson said he would lean on Randolph more. Remember, the last time he played at home, Randolph set a career high against Dwight Howard.
We first reported this back on Dec. 1. Mikki told me the bone spur was causing him significant pain as it was digging into his Achilles tendon. He said that was the reason his dunks were getting blocked (like it did at Philadelphia) because he couldn’t jump without pain. He knew then it would take surgery to fix the problem, which has plagued him since last season. But Moore said he would deal with the pain and the limited mobility because he didn’t want to leave the injuy-depleted Warriors even more depleted.
MOORE SAID THEN: “I can’t do my guys like that.”
I wasn’t at shootaround. That honor went to my man Curtis Pashelka. Moore wasn’t at shootaround, either, but Pashelka learned that Moore was checked out back East yesterday and is now scheduled to have surgery this week, probably Friday. No word on why Moore is having the surgery now. He probably learned something during that evaluation, or maybe the pain was becoming to much to bear. Either way, the Warriors are now more depleted.
Since the top two centers, Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf, are not back yet — Biedrins’ expected six-week recovery from Osteitis Pubis is up next week, but Nellie said at shootaround that Biedrins and Turiaf aren’t any closer — the loss of Moore likely means more minutes for Anthony Randolph and D-League call-up Chris Hunter. Nelli likes Hunter, especially at home, and he’s been playing Randolph at center primarily. One of those two should start tonight against San Antonio, with Vladimir Radmanovic at PF and Anthony Morrow at SF. That leaves the bench with just forward Corey Maggette, guard C.J. Watson and either Randolph or Hunter.Nellie didn’t say who would start at shootaround today, but he said Randolph should play more. Nelson added that Hunter had bone spurs, too, that weren’t getting better. But Hunter told Pashelka he felt fine.
Actually, now that I think about it, it wouldn’t surprise me at all if Nellie started Ellis, Curry, Morrow and Watson with Radmanovic guarding Tim Duncan!
Moore stated 20 of the 23 games, but played limited minutes (17.7 per). He said once he got cold, it was hard for him to get going again because of his aching foot. Mikki gave them minutes, a little leadership and a steady midrange jumper. He went 20 of 28 on the road trip and is shooting 60 percent from the field.