Well after the Warriors' 102-88 victory Saturday night, two of the team's top decision-makers stood deep inside Oracle Arena and discussed how to replace injured Jermaine O'Neal.

The conversation got so extreme that they entertained asking assistant coach Brian Scalabrine to come out of retirement to fill the void.

It's not that the Warriors don't have options to take the backup center's place. It's just that it's nearly impossible for a single player to do everything the 35-year-old was doing for the team.

O'Neal, who was initially diagnosed with a sprained right knee and strained right groin before additional tests late Sunday afternoon, has been a steady defensive anchor on the second unit and the team's most proven scorer from the low post. More importantly, since signing a free-agent deal in the summer and arriving in Oakland before his 18th NBA season, the six-time All-Star's voice and experience have provided his younger teammates with a different focus level, toughness and mind-set than they've ever known.

When his right leg buckled on a noncontact play away from the ball Saturday night and he didn't immediately get up at the 11:26 mark of the fourth quarter, O'Neal's teammates were obviously shaken.

"I took a full timeout because Jermaine means a lot to this basketball team - and he's a voice in the locker room - so we had to regroup," head coach Mark Jackson said.

Though the Warriors could sign NBA Development Leaguer Dewayne Dedmon, who was with the team during training camp, they can't issue 10-day contracts until Jan. 6. It was fitting that Draymond Green and Ognjen Kuzmic acted as O'Neal's crutches as he was helped to the locker room, because those two probably will receive an increase in minutes.

Starting power forward David Lee will play some backup-center minutes, and backup power forward Marreese Speights can bump up a position. Still, the Warriors will need Green and/or Kuzmic to play more depending on matchups.