Andrew Bogut Injury: Updates on Warriors Center's Ankle

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 12, 2013

Mar 17, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) controls the ball during the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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Brace yourselves, Golden State Warriors fans. Andrew Bogut is hurt again.


UPDATE: Monday, Apr. 15, at 2:25 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Andrew Bogut is likely hoping to play before the regular season ends, but his status for tonight's game is still up in the air, according to San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons.

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UPDATE: Friday, April 12, at 9:06 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Rusty Simmons, initial tests show that Bogut has a bruised bone:


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UPDATE: Friday, April 12, at 1:35 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to San Francisco Chronicle reporter Rusty Simmons, Mark Jackson doesn't believe that Bogut's injury is serious:


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The big man will not return to Thursday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder after spraining his surgically-repaired left ankle, according to Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group.

Thompson tweeted on Thursday:

The 7'0", 260-pound center was acquired by the Warriors in a trade involving Monta Ellis last March. He's averaged 6.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 25 minutes per contest this season (30 games).

Bogut was expected to fill a crucial hole at center for the Warriors upon coming to Oakland, but he's had trouble staying healthy this season. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft hasn't played more than 70 games since the 2007-08 season. He suffered numerous injuries during the 2010-11 season with the Bucks and played in just 12 games for Milwaukee last season.

Bogut averaged a double-double in three consecutive seasons (from 2008-09 to 2010-11), but had trouble staying on the floor. The Warriors knew they were getting a player with injury concerns last season, but the hope was that he could overcome those concerns and go on to be a consistent presence in the interior.

For a team that has been searching for a defensive presence in the low post for years, this can't be good news for the Warriors, especially headed into the postseason.

If Bogut is forced to miss time, rookie center Festus Ezeli will likely receive more minutes. Ezeli is averaging 2.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.9 blocks in 14 minutes per contest this season.