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.”