No easy fix to fill void left by absence of injured Lee

Warriors coach Keith Smart's plan to fill the big shoes of power forward David Lee will continue be a mix-and-match, trial-and-error process, but Smart is banking on someone stepping forward and producing Lee-like lightning in a bottle over the next couple of weeks.

"We'll move it around a little bit and see if we can plug somebody in to fit what David brings," Smart said. "You know the normal things he's going to bring -- his rebounding, his energy, his ability to pass the ball. But there are other things he does on the floor, communicating with players and stuff like that. We're trying to find another guy to do that."

In their last game at Milwaukee on Saturday, the Warriors opened with a "twin towers" approach, starting centers Andris Biedrins and Dan Gadzuric together against the Bucks' big front line, although Gadzuric only played eight minutes. Vladimir Radmanovic got the bulk of the time at power forward, playing 26 minutes, and he made his first start Monday against the Pistons.

But the guy who's made the biggest move so far is rookie Jeff Adrien. Adrien got extended minutes -- 19, to be exact -- by hitting the glass at both ends against the Bucks. The UConn product had eight rebounds total in that game, three on the offensive end.

That's the kind of thing Smart wants to see. Not surprisingly, Adrien was the first man off the bench Monday night.


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"(Adrien) goes to the offensive glass, too," the coach said. "That's another missing element we haven't had since David's been out. He played like a young, growing pro."

  • After the Warriors blew out to a 34-21 first quarter lead, new owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber walked onto the court during the break and introduced themselves to the crowd, which proceeded to give them a standing ovation.

    Lacob pointed to the Warriors' 1974-75 banner hanging at the north end of Oracle Arena.

    "That's a very lonely looking flag," he said. "We want another one."

    --CARL STEWARD