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Pregame Notes: Delonte West, Shaq and the Warriors

By George Thomas Published: November 17, 2009

Coach Mike Brown said that Delonte West will be activated for tonight’s game against the Golden State Warriors. How much playing time he gets remains to be seen.  In West’s three games of being inactive, others have stepped in to fill the void and his time.
‘’That depends on how the game unfolds in terms of his playing time, but he will definitely be in uniform with his teammates,’’ coach Mike Brown said.
Guard Anthony Parker is starting to find consistency on both sides of the court and Jamario Moon has stepped up to claim minutes.
‘’We’ve had some success.  Guys have played well; they’ve earned the minutes they’ve gotten, so it would be hard to take away from somebody and you have to find some minutes for him if possible,’’ Brown added.
West has been inactive for the past three games as he continues to deal with issues related to his bipolar disorder.  Team officials have not said why he’s been inactive, but the troubled guard did miss the team’s charter flight to Florida for their two-games against the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat.
Warriors invade Brown said he knows what he will be looking at as the Golden State Warriors come in to play tonight at Quicken Loans Arena - a bit of the unusual.
‘’They’ve got a bunch of a talented players and they try to junk up the game offensively and defensively which makes it hard,‘’ he said. ‘’It’s a tough team with the style of play the use on both ends of the floor.’’
Guard Anthony Parker agreed:   ‘’They’re a bit unorthodox.  They do a lot of things you probably don’t see again during the season, but I think this team is built to face any lineup and it’s no excuse.’’
O’Neal out Shaquille O’Neal wasn’t at Quicken Loans Arena and will miss tonight’s game with a shoulder strain.  Brown couldn’t say how long he would be out.   Zydrunas Ilgauskas will start in his place.

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