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Golden State Warriors Center Kwame Brown Expected To Miss Three Months

Video of Kwame Brown's injury via CSN Bay Area.

Just as the Golden State Warriors are expected to get Andris Biedrins back with Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic in town tonight, they've been hit with more injury news: center Kwame Brown is expected to miss at least three months, which could amount to the remainder of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 NBA season.

Oakland Tribune reporter Marcus Thompson II has the details.

Brown will have to undergo surgery after Wednesday's MRI revealed he tore the pectoralis major, the large chest muscle that attaches to his right shoulder...The injury occurred at the 6:22 mark of the fourth quarter against Miami when Brown fouled Heat forward Udonis Haslem. Brown immediately began grimacing and holding his shoulder. He came out of the game and never returned.

Whatever you thought about Brown before this season, he's been a productive center to help anchor the Warriors' defense as he's enjoyed a career-high defensive rebounding rate thus far this season.

As Matt Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area reports, Andris Biedrins should be expected to start in Brown's place for tonight.

Brown’s injury likely means Biedrins will be back in the starting lineup Thursday night against Dwight Howard and the Orlando Magic. Biedrins has missed the past three games with a sprained ankle and toe injury, but he practiced on Wednesday.

Biedrins has been a more the more productive offensive player of the two in his six games this season, which the Warriors can certainly use more of. The "switch" of Biedrins for Brown will also give Ekpe Udoh more minutes to show what he can do.

Brown's injury also means that we'll likely see more of David Lee at center this season at times in addition to Biedrins and Udoh. Lee has gotten just under 20% of the Warriors' center minutes this season, according to

Obviously this is a big loss for a team that has claimed they're aiming for the playoffs. But if having a lottery pick in the 2012 draft is your concern, this will probably get the team a step closer.

For updates on the injury news as it happens and lineups for today's game, check out SB Nation Bay Area's storystream.

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