Turiaf returns, Biedrins set to come back Monday
The Warriors got half of their center tandem back on Saturday when Ronny Turiaf returned to the lineup against the Phoenix Suns.
Turiaf came off the bench, though, as Anthony Randolph started at center.
The usual starting center, Andris Biedrins, was expected to be in the lineup Saturday, but pushed his return back to Monday night against the Boston Celtics. If he does return then, Biedrins will have missed seven weeks exactly because of osteitis pubis — a straining of the muscles that connect the abdomen and quadriceps.
"I just wanted to have a couple more practices with the team to get a feeling a little bit," Biedrins said. "When I was practicing, my timing was off. I didn't play for six weeks. So I just needed a little body contact, five-on-five in practice. I'll be ready for Monday."
Biedrins said he didn't suffer a setback. He said he's still sore in his abdominal area after he works out, although he said the soreness is decreasing. He said his back isn't hurting anymore, either.
Biedrins worked out before the game Saturday and will get to practice today before playing his first game since Nov. 8 at Sacramento.
He is expecting to start with limited minutes so he can work back himself back into a groove. Turiaf was under the same plan Saturday.
He got an ovation when he got off the bench, and when he checked into the
Nelson said before the game he expected Turiaf to play about 15 minutes. He played four first-half minutes, pulling two rebounds.
Richardson averaged 18.3 points and 5.4 rebounds during his Warriors tenure.
— MARCUS THOMPSON II