Instead of adding “insult to injury,” this is “adding injury to insult.”
Already scuffling and having lost five of their last seven home games, the Golden State Warriors will be without the services of David Lee and Andrew Bogut tonight against the Chicago Bulls, with both of them nursing injuries.
Lee has been taking injections to reduce his shoulder pain in recent games. He missed last Friday’s game against the Jazz, and saw reduced limits on Tuesday against the Bobcats, where he failed to score in double-digits for the first time in 127 games. According to the Warriors, Lee will not play in Saturday’s game at the Suns either.
Meanwhile, Bogut is out with shoulder stiffness, although it seems to be fairly minor. He played 30 minutes on Tuesday, scoring six points and grabbing 15 rebounds.
With their starting frontcourt entirely unavailable, the Warriors will start Draymond Green in place of Lee and Jermaine O’Neal in place of Bogut. O’Neal returned on Tuesday after missing seven weeks with a wrist injury, but has plenty of experience starting games in his 18-year career in the NBA. Green has only one career start, and that was last February in New York, when Stephen Curry drained 54 points against the Knicks.
The Warriors may need another spectacular performance from Curry tonight, missing two vital components of their team.