The last thing the Golden State Warriors need right now is for Andrew Bogut to miss a bunch of games with an injury.
He’s already missed the last four games before the All-Star break with left shoulder inflammation, and is in danger of missing more. Bogut suffered a flare reaction to a cortisone shot that he received in his shoulder, and is listed by the team as day-to-day.
On Monday night, he tweeted this:
7-8% of ppl have a bad reaction to cortisone, good to know im one of those lucky few! #horrible
— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) February 18, 2014
This is obviously not good news for Warriors fans, who are all too familiar with Bogut being sidelined on the bench during games, wearing a suit. He missed 50 games last season with recurring back and ankle injuries, but incredibly, has been healthy this season until the latest setback.
According to Bogut, he suffered a bone bruise during a game against the Jazz two weeks ago. This ignited a bit of drama when coach Mark Jackson joked to the media that Bogut was injured while sleeping. Bogut replied that Jackson’s insinuation was “ridiculous,” then Jackson responded with a rather tense post-game press conference.
The bottom line is that the Warriors need Bogut if they have any hopes of contending in the West. He is arguably one of the best defensive centers in the league, averaging 8.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game this season.
However, the Warriors may catch a bit of a break if he misses Wednesday night’s game against the Kings, as DeMarcus Cousins has a strained left hip and will most likely not play.