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When tendinitis in his right knee sent Andrew Bogut limping off the court on Dec. 8, the anxiety antennae began vibrating throughout the Warriors community.
Bogut immediately attempted to squelch any fear of prolonged absence, tweeting afterward that he would "be good'' because it was "nothing too serious."
Now that Bogut -- the team's leading rebounder and shot-blocker -- has been ruled out for a fourth consecutive game, Tuesday night at Memphis, the initial concern seems at least partially justified.
Bogut was evaluated last Tuesday and is scheduled for another re-evaluation after the team's return to Oakland on Wednesday.
The 7-foot center has also become a hub in the offense installed by new head coach Steve Kerr.
Bogut had his knee drained last week, sidelining him for games at Dallas (Saturday) and New Orleans (Sunday), but the Warriors were hopeful he could return Tuesday to face the powerful Grizzlies, who feature the imposing tandem of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.
Bogut went through a light pregame workout on Sunday in New Orleans and was listed as doubtful on Monday before his status officially was downgraded on Tuesday.
Festus Ezeli is expected to start at center against Memphis.