Tuesday , Feb , 01 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Warriors guard making Speedy recovery

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Golden State Warriors guard Craig “Speedy”
Claxton is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing thigh surgery
this past weekend.

Claxton had a blood clot removed from his injured right thigh and is expected
to play Friday versus the New Orleans Hornets. He has missed the last five
games — all losses — and is day-to-day for Wednesday’s game against

The 26-year-old Hofstra product couldn’t bend his leg before having the
procedure performed. A small incision was made and the blood clot was
suctioned out.

Claxton, who was injured during a contest versus Denver on January 17, is
averaging 12.8 points and 5.9 assists in 37 games this season. He has also
spent time in Philadelphia and San Antonio.

In other team news, starting forward Troy Murphy missed Saturday’s game
against the LA Clippers because of a hairline fracture in his left thumb and
is questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Kings.

Murphy said he will not need surgery, but could be out for as long as three
weeks. Murphy is also expected to see a hand specialist to determine what type
of protective cover he should wear on his thumb.

The 24-year-old Notre Dame product is averaging 16.2 points and 11.2 rebounds
in 42 games this season. He was Golden State’s first-round pick (14th overall)
in the 2001 NBA Draft.