SACRAMENTO — It appears center Andris Biedrins is going to miss more time. He returned to the lineup Sunday, which probably wasn't a good idea.
He played 21 minutes, totaling two points and six rebounds, before leaving the game for good midway through the third quarter. He went to the locker room for treatment and never returned.
"He's not doing very well," coach Don Nelson said. "I probably shouldn't have even played him, but we wanted to have another big guy if we possibly could. He couldn't do very much when he was out there, and he has injured himself again. So that was a bad decision on my part."
Biedrins sat out Friday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers after tweaking his back in Wednesday's win over Memphis. Biedrins said before the game he had no problems during his pregame workout and started at center. But by the end of the game, he couldn't even carry his backpack without grimacing in pain.
When asked if he should rest his back, Biedrins' responded through a wince as he headed to the training room: "Now? Yeah."
Biedrins' regular backup, Ronny Turiaf (sprained left knee), did not play and hasn't practiced in days. It is doubtful he will be ready tonight. That leaves the Warriors with Mikki Moore and Anthony Randolph as the centers, and the only defense to Minnesota's Al Jefferson, a bruising 6-foot-10, 265-pound big man.
Nelson has said he doesn't want to start Randolph against opponents' starting center, so Moore is expected to start. But Sunday against Sacramento, Nelson gave Randolph the lion's share of the action at center.
Randolph played 22 minutes, finishing with 14 points and two rebounds. Moore had two points and a rebound in three minutes.
"He's got Rookie of the Year locked in," Warriors swingman Stephen Jackson said.
Warriors rookie point guard Stephen Curry was hardly a factor. He finished with nine points, six assists and five turnovers in 31 minutes. He had a hard time defending Kings point guard Beno Udrih, who finished with 20 points and six assists. Udrih is hardly the standard for the kind of point guards Curry will have to defend.
Nelson said he's going to keep Curry in the starting lineup for the immediate future.