As the Golden State Warriors continue their attempt to retain the No.6 playoff seed in the Western Conference, Andrew Bogut will sit out against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.
Bogut left Thursday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder after playing just nine minutes, and obviously never returned to the court. After, he was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain, the same ankle he had surgically repaired last April. He might’ve dodged a bullet considering that the Warriors won’t do an X-ray on his ankle, but it’s enough to keep him out of Friday’s game against the Lakers.
What’s interesting is that Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, reported that Bogut initially suffered the sprain during the Warriors game on Tuesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Given the circumstances–playoff-clinching game–it’s easy to see why Bogut, who played 30 minutes, played through the pain. Perhaps the heavy load of minutes further aggravated it.
Bogut didn’t travel with the team to Los Angeles, probably for precautionary matters. The Warriors would obviously like to keep hold of the No.6 seed, but if it means risking their only “true” center, then I doubt they will take that risk.
The Lakers front line of Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol will be a tough assignment for David Lee and Festus Ezeli, like it has been all year, which makes shooting the ball well their main priority.
Golden State has Sunday off before taking on the San Antonio Spurs Monday night at home. The Spurs are locked in a battle for the No.1 seed with the Thunder, so their primary players will likely see a decent amount of minutes. After the Spurs, the Warriors will finish the season in Portland.
It’s unknown whether Bogut will be ready by then, however. At this point, the Warriors simply want him ready for the playoffs, and if that calls for three games of rest, then that’s what they will probably do.