The Warriors learned Monday that swingman Kelenna Azubuike is out for the season and that guard C.J. Watson tested positive for swine flu.
According to a team source, an MRI on Monday showed the injury Azubuike sustained Saturday at Milwaukee will require surgery, which means the patellar tendon was torn in his left knee. The surgery will be scheduled this week. Recovery time for this type of surgery usually is five to six months.
Watson is being treated according to the NBA's mandated precautionary measures. He will not be with the team for the remainder of the road trip, which concludes Wednesday in Boston.
The Warriors started the road trip last Wednesday with 10 players but now have seven healthy players for today's game at Cleveland. Golden State is flying in forward Devean George and suiting up center Ronny Turiaf just in case. Both are recovering from knee injuries, but the league requires eight players dressed.
In addition to the loss of Watson and Azubuike, the Warriors traded a starter in swingman Stephen Jackson and an ever-improving reserve in guard Acie Law.
Forward Vladimir Radmanovic and guard Raja Bell, who were acquired Monday from Charlotte, were expected to join the team in Cleveland on Monday night.
The Warriors are hoping Radmanovic will play today. Bell, however, is not expected to play even though he played in the Bobcats' last game, Saturday vs. Portland. The Warriors are going to evaluate the torn ligament in his left wrist, which Bell has been playing through instead of having surgery to repair.