Amundson out – fractured finger

Lou Amundson dislocated the middle knuckle on
his right index finger Saturday and has a fracture at its base that
will require surgery, the
Warriors announced Sunday.

The team will release details for rehabilitation after the
surgery has been scheduled and performed. Online medical journals
suggest recovery will take between one and four months.

“It’s tough, because he was starting to come around and finally
had a chance to play,” coach
Keith Smart said. “He brought energy and
toughness to the floor, and now we have to wait for him to come
back around again.”

After averaging 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15 minutes a game
for Phoenix last season, Amundson signed a two-year deal worth
nearly $5 million with Golden State. The 6-foot-9, 225-pound energy
man was slated to be the
Warriors’ backup center, but he
missed the first three preseason games with a sore back.

Starting power forward
David Lee will play some minutes at backup
center, and the
Warriors also picked up big man
Dan Gadzuric from Milwaukee in the
Corey Maggette trade. Power forwards
Vladimir Radmanovic and
Brandan Wright also can play center.

“We’re covered there, but Lou brought a unique skill set that
will be missed,” Smart said.

After being benched for the entire game in Sacramento on
Tuesday, Wright responded with a solid effort at Portland on
Saturday. He had 11 points, six rebounds and a blocked shot in 19
minutes.

“He has got to keep talking, keep developing and keep growing,
and when his time comes to get on the floor, he’ll be productive,”
Smart said. “That’s the way he approached it Saturday.”