The sprained left ankle center Andris Biedrins sustained in Thursday’s practice is bad enough for him to not play at Portland tomorrow. Biedrins did not travel with the team. Point guard Stephen Curry did travel with the team. He was hoping to return to action Saturday, but his sprained right ankle will keep him out at least another game.
That probably means Acie Law will start again and Reggie Williams will be a primary option on offense (it worked against Minnesota, right?). I would expect Dan Gadzuric or Lou Amundson to start at center, but Saturday might be the first time we get to see rookie Ekep Udoh play extended minutes.
Curry did not practice. Saturday will be his fourth consecutive game missed. Sitting out Saturday’s game will give him 11 days of rest before Monday’s contest against Houston. (I still say, he should sit out until the Christmas game. But that’s just my humble opinion.)
Fortunately for the Warriors, they have more depth on the frontline than in the backcourt. Amundson, Gadzuric, even starting power forward David Lee can play center. The Warriors may need all of them as Portland has a pretty sizeable frontline. That’s why this might be the perfect opportunity for Udoh. So far, he’s played one short stint in each of his first three games.