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Warriors tap D-League star Watson for help in the backcourt

OAKLAND -- The Golden State Warriors signed guard CJ Watson to a 10-day contract Tuesday, hoping a top player in the NBA's Development League can become their backup point guard.

Watson, a collegiate star at Tennessee, played in Italy and Greece last year. He is the D-League's third-leading scorer this season, averaging 26.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Golden State hasn't had a consistent backup this season behind Baron Davis, who's playing nearly 40 minutes per game. Troy Hudson, the veteran signed for the job last summer, has played in just nine games while attempting to come back from a serious hip injury.

The Warriors had success with a D-League call-up last January when Kelenna Azubuike became a consistent member of coach Don Nelson's rotation.

"(Watson) is playing very well in the D-League, and we need some help," Nelson said. "I've never seen him play, so I'm as anxious as anyone to watch him."

SHAQ HURTING -- Reeling Miami won't get Shaquille O'Neal back for at least a week while he receives treatment for a hip injury that has sidelined him for six games.

Coach Pat Riley said that O'Neal is still in Los Angeles, but the Heat are encouraged by the treatment there and "hope he'll be back by next week."

O'Neal had an MRI exam Monday, and Riley said it revealed only "soft tissue and that kind of stuff, the inflammation and stuff. The initial reports on the test and things like that have been positive."

O'Neal bruised his left hip on Dec. 22 against Utah while diving for a loose ball and crashing into the scorer's table. The injury flared up on Dec. 26 against Philadelphia.

TIP-INS -- Boston guard Ray Allen has a pinched nerve in his neck and is doubtful for today's home game against Charlotte. ... The Los Angeles Clippers signed guard Guillermo Diaz to a 10-day contract. Diaz has been playing for Anaheim in the NBA Development League.

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