By the time they took the floor against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday, the Warriors had already suffered one loss, and learned of an impending one. But they responded with a determined effort against one of the NBA's best teams, playing Minnesota close before finishing with a 91-81 loss.
The day's worst news, however, was Speedy Claxton being diagnosed with a right-hand fracture, which will sideline the ever-more-integral point guard for at least three weeks.
Compounding that was the announcement by Nick Van Exel, Claxton's backup, that he probably will undergo season-ending surgery next week on his left knee.
Not that the Pacers should not win this game anyway, but losing both Claxton and Van Exel hurts the W's. I guess we'll see a lot of Avery Johnson's old bones.