NEW YORK -- Warriors point guard Baron Davis is putting his back into his work.

Or, we should say, his backside.

After a noticeable absence of Davis posting up opposing guards through the Warriors' first six games -- all losses -- the veteran is once again putting his powerful frame to use and causing plenty of problems for opposing defenses by doing it.

Last week, Davis and other Warrior guards regularly posted up Los Angeles Clippers guard Sam Cassell. And Sunday, Davis was backing down not only diminutive Toronto guard T.J. Ford, but the more sizable Anthony Parker and even on a few occasions Maceo Baston, the Raptors' starting center.

Warriors coach Don Nelson would have liked to have used Davis in such a manner earlier, but without another ballhandler in the lineup, it was tough.

"Somebody's got to deliver the ball to Baron," Nelson said. "He can't pass the ball to himself."

Against the Clippers, Matt Barnes started for only the second time and finished with eight assists as a point forward. Stephen Jackson made his return in Toronto after a seven-game suspension and notched five assists by halftime.

Jackson expects the Davis post-up to remain a staple of the Warriors' attack.

"It's big not only because he's our best scorer, he's our best passer," Jackson said of Davis. "So when he can get on that block and get double-teams, everybody gets easy shots. Then, when it gets to the point when we're knocking down shots and they don't want to help, he's two dribbles from the basket, really hard to stop.


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It definitely opens up our game."

Mbenga arrives

Center DJ Mbenga joined the Warriors at Monday's practice. The Congo native was excited to rejoin Nelson after working with him as a rookie in Dallas in 2004-05. "He's one of my first coaches, so he knows me better than anybody," Mbenga said. "He knows what I need, what I can bring for the team." Mbenga was wearing a small metal-framed brace on his right knee, which underwent anterior crutiate ligament surgery in February, but he said he only wears it part of the time. It's meant more as a mental support. "Every time you're going to have contact, you're scared," Mbenga said. "The brace is a transition between your mind and your knee. As soon as you just start playing and start running, and stop worrying, you just take it off."

Off the glass

Reserve guard Troy Hudson continues to ramp up his individual work. He said Sunday that his inflamed left hip hurts a little bit, but as long as it doesn't get any worse, he can play through it without a problem. ... Classic New York moment: The Warriors' practice Monday at the glassed-in gym in the Reebok Sports Club/NY drew a fair amount of gawking from folks going to or from their own workouts. One patron couldn't pass up the chance to crack on the disaster that is his hometown team: "They don't need to practice if they're playing the Knicks."

-- Geoff Lepper