No Smart or easy solution for point-guard quandary
Warriors coach Keith Smart needed 18 games, but he said he finally has solved his backup point-guard quandary.
"I'm next," Smart joked with a smile before Thursday's game against Phoenix. "It'd be a cheap deal."
Smart has tried swingman Reggie Williams, combo guard Charlie Bell, even undrafted rookie guard Jeremy Lin. None has stuck out as the obvious option.
Golden State's lack of depth at point guard became a factor in the first quarter Thursday, when starter Stephen Curry was forced out of the game after being scratched in both eyes by Suns forward Earl Barron.
The Warriors offense fell apart while Curry, who had four assists in the first eight minutes, was treated on the bench. Golden State went scoreless the rest of the period, missing all six of its shots. With Phoenix paying extra attention to guard Monta Ellis, the Warriors clearly were in need of a floor general.
The development underscored the Warriors' need for someone to come off the bench and be a steadying influence -- without taking someone else out of his game. General manager Larry Riley may need to take action for the Warriors to get such a player anytime soon.
"We're going to keep going with what we have right now," Smart said. "I'll stay out of that part of it as far as the backup guy. I'll leave that to the other side of the office, and I'll just keep developing what I have at the moment. And whatever takes place takes place."
In the meantime, Smart said the burden falls on Curry.
"I think the point guard we have now has got to do the job there now," Smart said."Because I don't think any point guard we bring in is going to take the place of that guy. He's going to be still on the floor playing. Right now we just want to focus on the players we have now, because that's who we have."
Warriors power forward Brandan Wright was in the locker room before the game but declined to comment when asked about his lower back strain. Wright has missed the past nine games, the first two because of the coach's decision.
-- MARCUS THOMPSON II