NEW ORLEANS — For most NBA teams, Anthony Tolliver, Devean George and Reggie Williams would be small forwards. And not very intimidating ones, as the 6-foot-9, 243-pound Tolliver is the largest of the bunch.
But when the huddle broke to start the third quarter, the trio walked onto the court as the Warriors' front line. It almost worked: the quickness advantage, spreading the floor, the outside-in offense.
In the end, however, the inside game of the New Orleans Hornets was just too much. The Warriors fell 135-131 after giving up 24 second-chance points and losing the battle of the boards by 21 rebounds to complete an 0-5 trip.
With their top two centers out, and starting center Andris Biedrins possibly sidelined for the remainder of the season, Golden State appears to be back to small ball at least for the near future.
"We can (play that way)," Stephen Curry said after totaling 12 points, six assists and four turnovers and snapping his consecutive minutes streak at 108. "We've just got to help each other a little more than we probably would have to if we had our two big men."
Biedrins might have already played his last game of the season.
He was examined in Philadelphia by Dr. William Meyers, who confirmed Biedrins has a sports hernia and a small tear of an abdominal muscle. Dr. Meyers will perform surgery on Biedrins today at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia to repair the injury.
The timetable for his return won't be determined officially until after the surgery. Unofficially? Only five weeks, and 19 games, left in the season. You do the math.
Ronny Turiaf sat out Monday because of a sore left knee. The same left knee that kept him out of the second half in Saturday's loss at Charlotte. The same left knee that has hampered him all season.
He is officially listed as day-to-day, and he has no exams or tests scheduled. But it wouldn't be a surprise if he misses more time.
That leaves Chris Hunter, the third-string center. The Warriors have held onto him since calling him up from the NBA Development League in late November. But he hasn't seen consistent minutes.
After finishing with nine points and 13 rebounds in 32 minutes on Saturday, Hunter played just 18 minutes on Monday. He had 10 points on 5-for-8 shooting with three rebounds and a block.
Hunter, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, has been inconsistent at best rebounding the ball. But he's shown flashes of why the Warriors like him, knocking down a couple midrange jumpers and being a presence at the rim on defense.
Williams had the best game of his young NBA career, totaling 28 points and six assists. He had eight points and five assists in the final quarter.
Notes: Morrow tied a career-high with six 3-pointers. He also tied the Warriors record for most 3-pointers made in a game without a miss, a record he shares with Curry, Mickael Pietrus and Jason Richardson. ... The Warriors' 13 3-pointers were a season-high.