Andrew Bogut sprained his left ankle in the first quarter Thursday night, and during halftime, was ruled out for the rest of the game. It is the same ankle Bogut had surgically repaired in April and kept him out for nearly the entirety of the first half of the season.
The seriousness of the injury is not yet clear. Bogut, who is averaging 6.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game, had played in the last 18 games after sitting out a six-game stretch beginning in late February with back spasms.
The team did not perform X-rays and it is not yet clear how significant the injury is, but coach Mark Jackson said the team is “not too concerned, right now.”
Bogut is not expected to travel with the team to Los Angeles to play the Lakers on Friday.
“I think he could if it was a Game 7, but it makes no sense,” Jackson said. “I think it’s important for us to make sure he’s right and give it time to heal.”
With three games remaining in the regular season, time isn’t something the team has in surplus. Any missed time would be a huge blow to the Warriors’ hopes of retaining the six seed and their postseason prospects after that.
Before the game Jackson said Bogut was still not completely healthy and the team would be patient during his return to health.
“He makes us a much improved basketball team, makes us a dangerous out, his presence in the paint, presence on the block, his playing making ability and his body of work completes us,” Jackson said. “We are excited to have him on the floor and healthy.”
He didn’t knock on wood.
Bogut exited at the 2:55 of the first quarter and wasn’t seen on the bench the rest of the game.
“Other guys have to step up though,” guard Stephen Curry said. “That’s the name of the game if guys go down. You have to find a way to make it happen. We could have used his presence down low for sure, but I don’t think them posting up was a big issue.”