Law visits Big Apple, then plays in game in Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. -- It was a long, crazy day for Warriors guard Acie Law. He had his injured right wrist checked out by a specialist in New York on Monday. He flew back to Orlando, making it to the arena just before tipoff. Law played 12 minutes, going scoreless on three shots.
The Warriors insisted Law find out what's wrong with his ailing wrist, which he initially injured Dec. 13 at Utah. Law's contract becomes guaranteed for the rest of the season on Jan. 10. General manager Larry Riley said he wanted to keep Law around, but he wanted to make sure he didn't need surgery.
Law said he was told he may have a slight ligament tear but that he couldn't do any more damage to it. That was good news to him, as he wants to keep playing.
"I've been playing through the pain," Law said.
The Warriors are keeping a close eye on Law's wrist for fear of having another Raja Bell situation. Last season, Golden State acquired the veteran guard from Charlotte. He played one game before having season-ending surgery, killing the Warriors' chances of using his expiring contract as a trade chip.
In four games -- two starts -- with the Reno Bighorns, Lin averaged 18 points on 52.3 percent shooting in 26.8 minutes. He also made 4 of 10 from 3-point range and averaged four rebounds, 2.8 assists and 3.5 turnovers. He took 28 free throws (making 22) in four games.
"He played pretty (well)," Riley said. "He's played four games and we got what we wanted. He's gotten minutes and worked on his shooting a little bit and is playing with confidence."
Lin likely will go back to Reno, Riley said. He was called up partly as insurance in case Law can't play. But if Law stays healthy, coach Keith Smart won't have any minutes for Lin.
-- MARCUS THOMPSON II