Warriors' Richardson sits out with knee stiffness

Updated: November 10, 2006, 7:03 PM ET
Associated Press

Jason Richardson

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Guard Jason Richardson sat out of the Golden State Warriors' game against New Orleans on Thursday night after developing stiffness in his surgically repaired left knee.

Richardson, the Warriors' leading scorer last season, had surgery before training camp, but returned to the lineup for the regular season. Fluid built up in his knee during the Warriors' flight home from Oklahoma City on Tuesday night, making his knee too stiff to play.

Richardson averaged 12.4 points and 4.4 rebounds while starting each of the Warriors' first five games. Monta Ellis replaced him in the starting lineup against the Hornets as Golden State opened a seven-game homestand. He had 21 points as the Warriors handed the Hornets their first loss of the season.

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