The Warriors forward-center will stay in Atlanta to have his left knee checked out, skipping tonight's game at Charlotte and the following games at Miami and Orlando. He wasn't in attendance for the Warriors' 135-118 win over the Hawks on Tuesday at Philips Arena.
Webber had an MRI on Monday after three days of pain in his knee. He hurt the knee Friday against Philadelphia when he "came down on it wrong" trying to score against 76ers center Samuel Dalembert. He tried to play through the pain Sunday vs. Portland, but managed just eight minutes before coming out for good.
According to a team official, the results of the MRI showed no new damage. But Webber still had cause for concern.
"I was just getting in shape and going," he said at Tuesday's shootaround.
Webber had put together a string of semi-productive outings. At Utah on Feb. 19, he had nine points in 16 minutes. Against Boston the next night, he had five points and four rebounds in a season-high 20 minutes of action. On Feb. 22, he had four points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Webber had eight points, seven rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes Friday.
Without the veteran post, rarely used center Patrick O'Bryant was the only true big man available, as center Andris Biedrins is still recovering from an appendectomy and rookie center Kosta Perovic was sent to the NBA Development League.
"We decided to play Pat over (Perovic
O'Bryant didn't play Tuesday. Forwards Brandan Wright, Matt Barnes, Al Harrington and Austin Croshere served as centers.
Baron vs. Josh
Atlanta forward Josh Smith -- standing 6-foot-9, 235 pounds and as athletic as they come - is known for his shot-blocking prowess. He came into Tuesday's game averaging 3.09 per game, and finished with four blocks against the Warriors. But one player he couldn't block was Warriors point guard Baron Davis.
Davis, well aware of Smith's presence, routinely hit high-arching floaters on drives to the basket. A few of them he banked high off the backboard, over the outstretched arm of Smith, leaving the crowd gasping each time.
Off the glass
Warriors forward Stephen Jackson knocked down six 3-pointers for the second consecutive game. The last Warrior to do that was point guard Tim Hardaway back on March 3rd and 5th, 1995. ... The Warriors scored at least 30 points in each quarter for just the second time this season. The last time came in a 123-115 win at Washington on Nov. 23. The Hawks have a chance to get two wins against Miami on Saturday. At 7 p.m., they will play the final 51.9 seconds of the Dec. 19 overtime affair against the visiting Heat, after which Atlanta will play Miami in a full-length game. Miami protested the original contest after center Shaquille O'Neal (now with the Phoenix Suns) was disqualified for fouling out, though a review of the game showed O'Neal had just five fouls instead of the six it takes to foul out.
-- Marcus Thompson II