DENVER — Stephen Jackson, the Warriors' offensive and emotional leader, will have season-ending surgery this week to remove a bone fragment from his left big toe.
The surgery is scheduled for Tuesday in Houston and is to be performed by Houston Rockets team surgeon Tom Clanton.
Jackson first started having toe problems in February 2007, shortly after he and Al Harrington were acquired from the Indiana Pacers. He missed four games that month with turf toe.
Jackson has missed 11 games this season because of various injuries, including four games in December with a sprained left hand and four games in January with a strained right hamstring. He was also suspended for one and inactive for one game earlier this month.
"We probably could have held off and done it at a later time, but he's in a lot of pain and there's really no sense in doing that anyway," Warriors coach Don Nelson said before his team's 129-116 loss to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Saturday.
"We want to play our younger guys, so it's actually a real good time to do this. Then, he's got all summer, and he'll be ready to roll (next season)."
In 59 games this season, Jackson averaged 20.7 points, a team-high, and 6.5 assists and 5.1 rebounds. He was one of seven Warriors out of action Saturday, as Golden State dressed just eight players.
Wright on the shelf
Forward Brandan Wright sat out with what was described as pain in his surgically repaired left shoulder. Wright was injured midway through Tuesday's game at San Antonio when he came down on his left forearm.
Wright scored eight points in 19 minutes at Dallas on Wednesday. Wright, who will be examined by doctors in Oakland this week, said there's no timetable for his return.
"I don't think there's any rush (to get back) right now, just want to make sure everything's ok," said Wright, who missed 27 games with a separated shoulder from Jan. 10 to March 11. "We knew there was a little risk coming back from the injury. I would like to be 100 percent, but that's not how it is. We'll get it taken care of. I'm not worried about anything."
Guard Jamal Crawford, who was back in the starting lineup for the first time since March 15 vs. Phoenix, finished with 30 points, hitting 10 of 21 shots. He had a pair of four-point plays in the fourth quarter, the first time that's happened in an NBA game since December 2007 when Mike Miller of Memphis had two. Crawford was inactive for games against the Clippers on March 17 and Lakers on March 19 but sat out the previous four games because he didn't wish to play without more time to practice.
— Curtis Pashelka