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The Warriors may be down two centers as Andris Biedrins, the starter, is questionable for today's game against the Los Angeles Clippers because of an ailing back.

"It's a little sore," Biedrins said Thursday. "Hopefully I will play, but we'll see (today)."

Biedrins' backup, Ronny Turiaf, missed Wednesday's game with a sprained left knee. He did not practice Thursday and is doubtful for today's game. So coach Don Nelson will turn to veteran Mikki Moore as the starting center if Biedrins or Turiaf can't play. The last time Moore started was last season with the Sacramento Kings, on Jan."‰6 at Chicago.

Anthony Randolph, whom Nelson said will serve as a backup center, won't start because the Clippers feature 7-foot, 265-pound Chris Kaman. Nelson has said he wants Randolph to play only against reserves.

In Wednesday's win over Memphis, Randolph played seven minutes, less than three when Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies starting center, was on the floor. The backup center for the Clippers is second-year 7-footer DeAndre Jordan. But Jordan hasn't played much, as Kaman averages 40.6 minutes.

"I'm much stronger (than I was last year)," Randolph said. "I know a lot more about the NBA game, but I still need a lot of game-time experience to make the player I hopefully will be in the future. I'm better able to guard (big guys). Like I said, I'm a basketball player, whether I'm guarding the (power forward), (center) or (small forward)."


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If Biedrins and Turiaf are out, it seems Nelson has to get Randolph playing time, unless Moore gets all the minutes.

"That's why we brought Moore in," Nelson said. "Mikki's going to play against the starting center. Randolph's going to play against the backup center. But I'm not sure we're not going to have (Biedrins)."

All this speculation is moot if Biedrins can play, which will be determined after the morning shootaround. He said he felt pain in his back when he grabbed a rebound and put it back in with 2:29 left in Wednesday's win over Memphis. Biedrins was bumped under the basket and had to twist his body to score the basket.

During that sequence Biedrins wrenched his back, and the pain was enough for him to ask to be pulled.

"It just started to hurt really bad at that moment," Biedrins said.

He said the back was fine after the game, but Thursday morning he was stiff and sore. Biedrins, who put his chances at playing tonight at about 50-50, said he isn't worried about his back being a lingering issue because he's never had back problems before. But Biedrins said he will wait for the team doctor to determine if it's possible for him to do more damage by playing.

Being 100 percent by today is not realistic, Biedrins said. But because the Warriors are short-handed in the frontcourt, Biedrins said he won't wait until he is fully healthy to play.

"It's just a matter if I will be able to run and move and do other stuff," Biedrins said. "Of course I will try to play even though it will bother me."

Notes: Former Warriors star point guard Baron Davis returns to Oakland for the second time since he left Golden State. In his first game at Oracle Arena as a Clipper, a 127-120 Warriors victory, Davis had 29 points, seven assists and five rebounds in 39 minutes. ... Swingman Kelenna Azubuike has signed to endorse Protégé, the basketball shoe line created by former Warrior Al Harrington and backed by teammate Stephen Jackson. In February, Protégé partnered with Kmart to donate a million pairs of shoes to Samaritan's Feet, a charity organization that provides shoes for impoverished children around the world. ... Tonight's game is Filipino Heritage Night. Arnel Pineda, lead singer of popular rock group Journey, will make an appearance. It is also a Friends and Family game. Fans can get four tickets and four meals at a discounted rate. For more information, go to www.warriors.com.

  • TODAY: vs. Clippers, 7:30 p.m. TV: CSNBA. Radio: 680-AM