An MRI revealed no damage in Warriors backup center Ronny Turiaf's left knee, but he is out with a sprain.
Turiaf left Friday's game against Phoenix early in the fourth quarter and didn't return. He said he went for an offensive rebound and felt his leg give out a sharp pain. Listed as day-to-day, Turiaf said his knee feels better, and he didn't rule out playing Wednesday against visiting Memphis.
"This is an injury that I played with last year towards the end, so I am familiar with it," Turiaf said, "I just have to stay on top of it because that is something you have to be careful with. For the position that I play, I need to have power in my legs to play defense and be successful."
Even if Turiaf is healthy, it seems the big lineup (the pairing of Turiaf with center Andris Biedrins) is out. Warriors coach Don Nelson said the lineup has worked "not well, actually."
While the big lineup has resulted in the Warriors' hanging close on the boards and not being dominated in the paint, it has exposed them to other problems — including foul trouble (both centers have experienced foul trouble the first two games) and a slowed transition game.
Swingman Stephen Jackson, an advocate of the big lineup, was speechless when asked what's been wrong with that unit.
"It's hard for me to say two games in," Jackson said after a long pause and exhale. "I just think, like Coach said earlier, the first two games, we look like a team
He's played 34 minutes the first two games, totaling 20 points (4-for-13 shooting), 11 rebounds, two blocks and two turnovers.
"I felt I did good," said Randolph, who started in Friday's loss at Phoenix. "I was just trying to be aggressive in the games that I played. Trying to just not be indecisive."
At this point, Nelson is back to the drawing board as far as options at power forward. Even if Turiaf is ready, does he go back to the big lineup, which he didn't use much against Phoenix? Does he give the spot to Randolph, who is probably their best bet at getting defense at power forward while keeping the tempo quick? Or does he go small with forward Corey Maggette, who is 5-for-21 from the field on the season?
Fortunately for the Warriors, they have two more days of practice to figure it out.