Andrew Bogut questionable for Game 1 of Warriors-Thunder
The Warriors won Game 5 – and the series – against the Trail Blazers, but they lost Andrew Bogut to a strained adductor.
Will the center return for Game 1 of the conference finals against the Thunder tonight?Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area:
Though the Warriors did not scrimmage on Sunday, center Andrew Bogut rejoined his teammates for practice, his first activity since the Game 5 win over Portland last Wednesday.
Bogut’s status for Game 1 Monday night against Oklahoma City remains uncertain, with coach Steve Kerr indicating a decision will be made after Bogut’s pregame workout Monday afternoon.
“We got up and down the floor a little bit with some drill work and he did everything,” Kerr said. “I would just say he’s questionable for (Monday). He’s got to go through his warmup before the game and we’ll see.
“It was encouraging today just to get him on the floor. And there were no setbacks.”
Kerr has said Festus Ezeli will start if Bogut can’t play.
Bogut’s absence would be felt. He’s a solid defender who can body up Steven Adams and Enes Kanter inside. Ezeli is also capable, but Bogut starts for a reason.
The Warriors should be alright regardless, though. Their most effective center remains Draymond Green, even if he can’t handle the position full-time. Golden State should use him at center as necessary then as much as possible. Green will be key to combating Oklahoma City’s two-center lineup.
Marreese Speights provides even more depth at center.
Bogut might just be a luxury for the Warriors, though one they’re used to having and surely want back as quickly as possible.