Warriors coach Don Nelson said he's going to need a greater contribution from Anthony Randolph now that Mikki Moore will be sidelined for an indefinite period.
The same message has now been directed at Vladimir Radmanovic, who had just one point and one rebound during the Warriors' 103-91 loss to the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena on Wednesday.
Nelson felt Radmanovic, who started at center, did a decent job of guarding the Spurs' Tim Duncan. But Radmanovic missed all eight of his shots from the field, including four 3-pointers.
"He's a veteran player, and I expect him to play smarter than he's playing," Nelson said of Radmanovic. "He's going to have to start to make some shots, he's going to have to do the things that I think he can do.
"I don't want to get in his head yet. He's too new, really, to do that. But the onus is on him. You get an opportunity to play in this league, you better make the most of it. Because somebody's going to take your spot if you don't get the job done."
Radmanovic wasn't the only Golden State player to struggle offensively against the Spurs, as rookie Stephen Curry was 4-for-11 from the field, and Anthony Morrow made just one of three shots and had four points.
Nelson doesn't have many frontcourt options right now with Moore, Andris Biedrins and Ronny Turiaf injured. But it's clear more is expected from Radmanovic, who has now scored in single digits in 11 of the 15 games he's played with the Warriors.
"(If he's) not going to start playing, as soon as I get some healthy bodies, somebody's going to take his spot," Nelson said. "I hope he does well. I actually like the way he plays. But he's going to have to be a smarter player and make more shots."
It appears Warriors fans have also grown weary of Radmanovic, who was the latest target of some boos in the second half.
"These are really good fans here. They really love basketball," said Corey Maggette, who started at power forward and finished with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists. "I know they hurt like we hurt. But at the same time, when our team is banged up the way we are, booing us, it really hurts. I felt bad for Vlady. I was in the same situation last week."
Monta Ellis scored 35 points, and Randolph, who was the subject of trade speculation Tuesday, had 11 points and four rebounds.
Randolph and Radmanovic took turns trying to defend Duncan, who scored 14 of his 27 points in the third quarter. San Antonio, which lost Tuesday in Phoenix, took control with an 18-5 run midway through the third.
Randolph, for his part, took the high road at Wednesday's shoot-around when he was asked about a possible departure.
"I get paid a lot of money to play basketball," he said. "It's a (privilege) for us to do that. You've got to take the good with the bad."
Friday, vs. Wizards, 7:30 p.m.