Warriors coach Don Nelson is unsure if forward Anthony Randolph can play in Wednesday's regular-season opener after the second-year forward aggravated his lower back injury during Tuesday night's 113-107 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Ontario.

Randolph, who suffered a bruised tailbone last week against the Los Angeles Clippers, did not practice Wednesday as he was being examined by team physician Dr. Frank Chen. According to a Warriors spokesman, Randolph has a lower back contusion and spasms and a left knee contusion.

Swingman Stephen Jackson, who also missed practice and was examined by Dr. Chen, was diagnosed with a mild strain in his right hamstring. Jackson suffered the injury Tuesday night.

Both players are listed as doubtful for today's exhibition finale against New Orleans, although Nelson said Jackson's injury wasn't major.

Against the Lakers, Randolph fell hard on his back in the first quarter and was removed. He later returned and played a combined 20 minutes, but had just one point, one rebound and five fouls.

"He may miss some time," Nelson said Wednesday. "I don't know (if he'll miss any regular-season games). But we just want to get him healthy, and he hasn't been healthy for over a week."

Randolph started all seven of the team's exhibition games this month and averaged 11.7 points and 7.4 rebounds. If Randolph is unable to go in Wednesday's home opener against Houston, Nelson said he might start Corey Maggette, Mikki Moore or Ronny Turiaf in the front court.


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"It is what it is. We're used to, coaches, having players miss all the time, different things. You get used to it," Nelson said. "You'd think it would be like the old days where everybody would play every game, but it's just not that way anymore."

  • Nelson said his brother-in-law, Mark Van Kampen, is still in intensive care in a Southern California hospital after a motorcycle accident Sunday night forced doctors to amputate one of his legs. Nelson said Van Kampen's vital signs were good, but he's "not out of the woods yet, for sure."

  • As expected, the Warriors waived forward/center Shaun Pruitt on Wednesday.

  • C.J. Watson, who scored 14 points in Tuesday night's loss, said he's playing at roughly 75-80 percent after he suffering a right sprained medial collateral ligament late last month. ... Guard Acie Law IV, who missed the last four exhibition games with a sprained left ankle, practiced Wednesday. ... Swingmen Kelenna Azubuike and Devean George were at practice but only participated in drills.