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Bold Prediction: Andrew Bogut Will Start Opener

Two consecutive days of practice later, and it’s looking more and more like Andrew Bogut is going to start the Golden State Warriors’ opener in Phoenix tonight.

That should make Warrior fans happier than a bunch of kangaroos with boomerangs, mate. That’s a saying, right? Like, in Australia or something?

Anyway, nobody’s said anything definitive about Bogut’s likelihood of playing tonight against the Suns, but the reports are universally optimistic. And it wouldn’t be a very good “bold prediction” if I didn’t actually predict something that’s at least a little uncertain at the moment.

As a practical matter, the Warriors could really use Bogut’s size against the Suns, who despite being a pretty crappy outfit on the whole, have a pair of very respectable bigs in Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat. If the Warriors hope to avoid pairing David Lee and Carl Landry up front (and my God, they should really hope to avoid that), Bogut’s going to have to give Mark Jackson some minutes.

One other possibility with Bogut is that he’ll miss tonight’s game, or at least not be the starter, but will be in the first five for the Warriors home opener against the Memphis Grizzlies on November 2. I know, I know, I’m backing off my bold prediction a bit. But would you put it past the very PR-conscious, media savvy Warriors to save their biggest reveal for the fans at Oracle? Imagine the roar when Bogut’s introduced as a starter for the first time in front of his home crowd.

So, in summation, I boldly predict that Andrew Bogut will (probably, most likely, barring an unforeseen change in circumstances) start at center for the Dubs this evening. That’ll make today a g’day, mates.

Sorry. That won’t happen again.

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