OAKLAND Will he or wont he?Thats the question for Warriors center Andrew Bogut. Willhe or wont he play in the teams season-opener on Oct. 31, against the Suns inPhoenix. And if he doesnt play on that night then when?Well, either Bogut doesnt know or he isnt telling, and bythe sound of things it seems to be the former.A week ago, Warriors general manager Bob Myers announcedthat Boguts fractured left ankle was progressing well, but that the team wasnot going to put a timetable on his return.At the start of training camp, Bogut said his goal was toplay in a preseason game or two and be ready for the opener. But Bogut missedall eight preseason games.Bogut has been cleared to participate in allbasketball-related activities by the surgeon, Dr. Richard Ferkel, who performedthe surgery on the ankle after Bogut injured in January.Still, though, Bogut has not yet felt comfortable enough toplay five-on-five full-court and he is still playing without any contact.Heres a transcript of an interview with Bogut done on Saturday afternoon afterGolden States practice.It seems like you have definitely done more in thepast three to five days. Is that fair to say?Bogut: Yeah, a little bit. Still, there are noannouncements planned (on when hell return). Ill get back when Im ready, soIm not going say anything as far as a chance Ill play or not a chance. Werestill on that original announcement.How frustrating is it that youre talking aboutthis injury most of the time and not playing?Bogut: Thats part of the business everyonewants to know. I was a big part of the trade. Obviously Monta (Ellis) is outthere and (Ekpe) Udoh is playing and Im not playing. So everyone is askingwhen Ill be ready. Fans are excited and people want to see what I can do outthere. I can understand it, but hearing it every day does get frustrating,especially when you make an announcement and say this is where were at.I know, its only natural for you media to see me doingsomething and then ask: Whats going on? But my mindset is sticking to thatannouncement and once Im literally an inch from playing, you guys will know.So, what are you able to do now and whatnot?Bogut: No contact yet. So all movement, halfcourtstuff. Im moving around prettywell and hopefully well step it up a little next week.So, where youre at right now is Bogut: Still on the announcement we made a weekago. Im not going to say much more than that. I dont want to come out and sayIm going to play and everything is feeling fine and then two days later I geta bit of swelling and I miss a practice.And then you guys are like Whats going on? And I alsodont want to say theres no chance Im going to be because you never know. Imjust going to leave it at that announcement, play it by ear and see how we go.How has the ankle been feeling the day afterworkouts?Bogut: Its been feeling very good and itsresponding well. Surprisingly I havent had a whole lot of swelling and tightnessissues. So, pretty positive but just have to keep doing it for a long period.
When the Warriors set foot in FedEx Forum on Saturday, they’ll find a very different atmosphere as well as a barely recognizable team of Memphis Grizzlies.
The Grindhouse is not the same. Zach Randolph and Vince Carter have left the building. So, too, has the “Grindfather” himself, Tony Allen.
So in their only trip to Memphis this season, the Warriors will focus mostly on point guard Mike Conley and center Marc Gasol, the remaining core members of the team that reached the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons.
The Warriors (1-1) will be playing for the second night in a row, while the Grizzlies (1-0) have not played since their season opener Wednesday. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Warriors by 8.5
MATCHUP TO WATCH:
Stephen Curry vs. Mike Conley: Curry has a long memory, and he will remember not only that the Warriors last season lost twice to the Grizzlies but also that Conley’s 27 points and clutch play offset Curry’s 40 points and led Memphis to an overtime win in Oakland. It won’t matter to Curry that the Warriors posted double-digit wins over the Grizzlies in the last two meetings last season. He may want to take over.
Warriors: F Omri Casspi (L ankle sprain) is listed as questionable.
Grizzlies: F JaMychal Green (L ankle sprain), G Ben McLemore (R foot surgery) and G/F Wayne Selden Jr. (R quad injury) are listed as out.
RECENT SERIES HISTORY:
The Warriors have won five of the last seven in Memphis and 10 of the last 13 meetings overall.
THREE THINGS TO WATCH:
BREEZE OR WHEEZE: Coach Steve Kerr has expressed some concern about the team’s conditioning level. On the second night of their first back-to-back set -- with the Warriors arriving at the hotel at 2:30 a.m. -- it could provide a glimpse of their progress. Kerr said he would consider resting one or two players. Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala, both coming off injuries, would seem logical candidates.
GEORGIA VS. SPAIN: The Republic of Georgia’s Zaza Pachulia and Spain’s Marc Gasol know each other well, having spent years battling internationally and in the NBA. There will be no surprises, but Pachulia will have to avoid foul trouble to remain a part of his team’s defensive rotation against one of the league’s best big men.
HOT KLAY: Klay Thompson is off to a torrid start, shooting 11-of-18 from beyond the arc through the first two games. And now he won’t have to worry about Allen, who relished in opportunities to defend the Warriors All-Star. Memphis replaced Allen with Andrew Harrison, who is not in the Grindfather’s class as a defender.
Klay Thompson is putting his money where his mouth is.
Shortly before Noon PT on Friday, Klay posted a 30-second video to Twitter to let it be known that he is donating to the North Bay fire relief.
"Hey everyone. As we all know, Northern California has been tragically effected by these wildfires for the past few weeks.
And I will be pledging $1,000 per point I score for the next three home games. And you can donate as well by clicking on the link below.
We will be donating to the Redwood Credit Union's fire relief efforts. Let's stick together because a lot of loved ones and families have been displaced and lost from these terrible events.
Property has been damanged but we can build this thing back up if we stick together and donate.
Thank you for listening."
The Warriors' next three home games are:
1) October 25 vs Toronto (18.7 points over 11 career games)
2) October 27 vs Washington (18.4 points over 11 career games)
3) October 29 vs Detroit (18.2 points over 11 career games)
Hopefully the Warriors will be able to create a lot of good looks for Klay during that stretch...
Drew Shiller is the co-host of Warriors Outsiders and a Web Producer at NBC Sports Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller