Just when they need him most, the Golden State Warriors will be without center Andrew Bogut for quite some time.
Bogut was diagnosed with a fractured rib and will be out indefinitely, the team announced on Monday. The injury was sustained late in the fourth quarter of an overtime loss to the Trail Blazers on Sunday night. Bogut did not play in overtime, instead heading to the locker room after he was seen in obvious pain on the Warriors’ bench.
There is no specific timetable for Bogut’s return, but a fractured rib has to take some time to heal. He will likely miss at least the first round of the playoffs, which would be a huge loss for a Warriors team that depends on Bogut for his defense. Bogut is a large part of why the Warriors rank among the league’s best in defensive efficiency and rebounding, and he is arguably their most important player behind Stephen Curry. Without him in the lineup, it will be hard for the Warriors to replace what he does on defense.
Health-wise, Bogut has had his best season as a Warriors, playing in 67 games and averaging 7.3 points and 10.0 rebounds. He was a major factor in the playoffs last season, when he averaged similar numbers and helped the Warriors upset the Nuggets in the first round.
But if the Warriors want another first round upset, they won’t have Bogut around to help. Unfortunately, he’s out for a while, and the Warriors’ playoff run may be short-lived as a result.