After Tuesday's loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Warriors coach Don Nelson said he was "tired of not seeing any life" in center Andris Biedrins, adding, "This isn't the first time we haven't seen a light on at home."

Nelson didn't back off his comments after Wednesday's practice.

"He needs to light his own fire," Nelson said. "We play every other day. You can't light the fire for him every game. So that's up to him. Give us something.

"I mean, rebounding is one part of the game. You need more than that. Good defensive presence. The running skills. Good pick-setting. Good passing. We need a lot of things from our (centers) other than rebounding."

Nelson said he would give some of Biedrins' minutes to Development League call-up Chris Hunter.

Biedrins didn't argue with Nelson's harsh critique. He said his struggles began with the lower abdominal injury that forced him to miss 24 games between Nov. 8 and Dec. 28.

"I wouldn't say I've played like I did last year," Biedrins said. "It was kind of a hard time for me to come back from injury, and I was out for such a long time. Now, I think I lost a little part of my confidence."

Once the Warriors' most consistent player and their best chance at All-Star representation, Biedrins has been reduced to a specialist. He hasn't been the high-energy, play-finishing irritant to opposing teams.

Biedrins is averaging 5.1 points and 7.9 rebounds in 23.5 minutes. He averaged at least 9.5 points and 9.3 rebounds the previous three seasons. About the only statistic on par with his usual production is his field goal percentage (60.9).


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In 10 February games, he's averaging 3.9 points on 59.4 percent shooting. He played only nine minutes Tuesday night and none in the second half, with Ronny Turiaf and Hunter sharing time at center.

With the Warriors being 24 games under .500, Hunter would get some minutes anyway, even as the third-string center. The Warriors want to track his development, as he's under a nonguaranteed contract for next season and has shown some life of late.

But Biedrins can't afford to lose playing time. He said he wants to use the remaining games to restore his confidence, which he acknowledged also has waned because of his 13 percent free-throw shooting. Nelson said Biedrins hides on offense to avoid having to shoot free throws.

Biedrins doesn't get as many touches as he did when he ran the pick-and-roll with former Warriors Stephen Jackson and Baron Davis. And Nelson has a much quicker hook than before, with a capable backup in Turiaf available.

Biedrins, though, said it's not on Nelson to give him more minutes or his teammates to find him more.

"It's all on me," he said. "Everybody has tried to help me. But at the end of the day, it just comes to me to fight and start to get to those basic things that I did before to try to get my confidence back. That's all it is. I know the teammates will help me and everything. But at the end of the day, it's me."