The Golden State Warriors have been relatively healthy this year, with the exception of Andrew Bogut. Bogut didn’t return until late January after not starting until November 7 (38 games) due to a left ankle problem that he previously had surgery on.
And guess what?
Bogut sprained that same left ankle on Thursday night against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
However, Marcus Thompson of the San Jose Mercury News reports that Bogut actually sprained it against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. Obviously, the Warriors needed him in their playoff-clinching win. He played 30 minutes without a word about his ankle, so in other words, he played through the pain like any competitor would.
Thompson reports that Bogut won’t have an X-ray on his left ankle. It doesn’t sound serious, but with Bogut, there’s always some level of concern.
This isn’t an ideal situation for the Warriors, but since they have already clinched, Bogut might see more rest in the coming days. Sure, Golden State needs to hold onto the No. 6 seed to avoid a matchup with the Thunder or the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. But the fact that they’re in will give them more flexibility. Still, Golden State’s alternatives are thin.