Biedrins has a surprise showing for Nelson

LOS ANGELES — Warriors coach Don Nelson leaned on center Andris Biedrins quite a bit more than he anticipated Tuesday.

Biedrins played 26 minutes in a 124-118 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. He had six points, eight rebounds and three assists before fouling out.

Nelson had said before the game that he expected Biedrins to play the same amount as he did in Monday's win over Boston.

Against the Celtics, Biedrins played just shy of 14 minutes in his first game after a seven-week absence because of a strained abdomen and groin. He went scoreless on four shots with four rebounds, two assists and two turnovers.

Nelson came away from the game with the impression Biedrins was not ready to play a lot of minutes.

"He was better," Nelson said of Biedrins.

Biedrins said his timing was off but his conditioning wasn't so bad.

Nelson had been going to Ronny Turiaf more, as Turiaf has been a spark since returning from a knee injury. Against the Lakers, Turiaf had seven points, three rebounds, three assists and five blocks in 23 minutes.

Nelson didn't use Anthony Randolph much Tuesday, though Randolph wasn't in foul trouble. Randolph started at power forward but played just 19 minutes, seven in the second half. He had six points, six rebounds, five assists and five blocks with one turnovers.


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He and Turiaf became the first Warriors to have at least five blocks in the same game since Erick Dampier and Adonal Foyle did it on Feb. 2, 2002.

  • The Warriors aren't interested in Houston swingman Tracy McGrady, according to a team source. The Rockets announced they are shopping McGrady, who was allowed to leave the team after he complained about his lack of minutes.

    McGrady is a $23 million expiring contract and isn't likely to re-sign with the Warriors should they trade for him. General manager Larry Riley has said he wouldn't trade for a player to keep him for a few months and have him depart as a free agent.

    If the Warriors did rent a player, it wouldn't be McGrady, who is injury prone and coming off microfacture knee surgery.

  • Warriors guard Anthony Morrow hasn't stopped hearing about the late 3-pointer he passed up Monday, which could've put the Celtics away. Nelson said he's been on Morrow about it "like a raggedy shirt." Morrow sent out an apology on Twitter.

  • Lakers forward Ron Artest still can't remember how he fell at his home on Christmas night. He's just thankful his tumble only left him with a concussion, a deep cut on his left elbow and a little memory loss. "I'm grateful to be up and talking, and it could have been a whole lot worse," said Artest, who has missed the past three games but expects to return soon.

    — MARCUS THOMPSON II