When Andrew Bogut’s name is announced for the first time in nearly three months Thursday night before the Warriors host Dallas at Oracle Arena, he won’t be expecting an out-of-the-ordinary, welcome-back cheer from the fans.
“You don’t get a crazy ovation for being out for so long,” Bogut said. “Hopefully the crowd will support me. We’re on national television, so hopefully we’ll come out and play hard and get a win.”
The last time Bogut played before the home fans, he registered 17 minutes, was 0-for-2 from the field and pulled down three rebounds in a 106-96 win against Cleveland on Nov. 7.
At the time, it was abundantly clear Bogut wasn’t right. His surgically repaired left ankle hadn’t received enough to time to heal and the seven-footer was more or less a big body taking up space.
That’s no longer the case.
When Bogut steps back onto the floor at Oracle Thursday, expectations will be different. He’s still being eased back into the rigors of the season -- he won’t play both games in a back-to-back situation -- but the team feels he’s at a place where he’s ready to contribute while not risking further injury.
He showed as much Monday in his return at Toronto. In 24 minutes, Bogut scored 12 points to go along with eight rebounds and showed up big on the defensive end with four blocks.
While his production was a good sign, the day after might have been even more encouraging.
“(Didn’t feel) too bad,” he said. “General soreness of an NBA game. Didn’t have any swelling issues.”
Bogut will be limited to 25 minutes a game until the All-Star break, at which point the team will re-evaluate his situation.
“Two minutes with him gives us more options,” coach Mark Jackson said. “ I’m still excited about the day where there’s no holds bar. We’re going to play it by ear. We’re not going to rush this thing, that’s for sure. He’s too valuable to us and we think too much of him and his own career to put him out there for selfish reasons.”
Golden State (28-17) needed overtime to beat Dallas (19-26) 105-101 in the teams’ first meeting of the season on Nov. 19 in Dallas. Stephen Curry scored 20 of his game-high 31 points after the third quarter in that game.
The Mavericks are coming off a 106-104 loss at Portland on Tuesday.
Curry questionable; Barnes, Landry will play
Curry (ankle) did not take part in Thursday’s shootaround and will be a game-time decision on whether he will play against Dallas.
“I wouldn’t have him do shoot around anyways,” Jackson said. “We’ll see when he gets over and make a decision after that.”
Curry is the only player whose status is in doubt. Harrison Barnes and Carl Landry, who both missed Tuesday’s win against Cleveland, participated in shootaround and will play, according to Jackson.
Thompson coming off career high
Guard Klay Thompson is coming off a career-high 32 points in Tuesday’s 108-95 win against Cleveland. With Curry, Barnes, Landry and Bogut all sidelined, it fell on Thompson, David Lee and Jarrett Jack to fill the void.
No Place Like Home
Golden State has sold out each of its last 11 home games and ranks sixth in the NBA in average home attendance (19,140). The team has a 14-6 record at home, compared to a 14-11 mark on the road.