After taking a game off for a strained Achilles tendon, center Andrew Bogut will return to action against the Atlanta Hawks tonight to give the Golden State Warriors a rotation rim protector while Festus Ezeli remains out.
Bogut tested out his Achilles in warm-ups and determined he was ok to play tonight while fellow froncourt mates Ezeli and James Michael McAdoo remain out.
For tonight's game at Atlanta: Andrew Bogut will play. James Michael McAdoo (toe) & Festus Ezeli (knee) are out— GSWStats (@gswstats) February 23, 2016
Kerr says Andrew Bogut will warm up, after which a decision will be made on whether he'll play vs. #Hawks tonight. Achilles, tho, so . . .— Monte Poole (@MontePooleCSN) February 22, 2016
While Bogut returning is certainly good news, the Warriors will remain relatively thin in the frontcourt until newly-signed Anderson Varejao is actually able play — Diamond Leung of the Bay Area News Group and Rusty Simmons of the S.F. Chronicle reported earlier today that Varejao will not be available tonight.
Anderson Varejao will take his physical tonight but will not be playing.— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) February 22, 2016
Steve Kerr said Anderson Varejao won't play tonight, but he could play as early as Miami or Orlando.— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) February 22, 2016
With Bogut just returning from an Achilles injury and the team thin in the post, it would certainly be nice if the Warriors could integrate Varejao as soon as possible so they don't wear out their oft-injured center any more than they have to before the playoffs.
For more on the Varejao signing, check out our storystream.