The Golden State Warriors and Oklahoma City Thunder are set to begin their 2016 NBA Western Conference Finals battle tonight at 6 p.m. PST at Oracle Arena.
The big question mark for the Warriors has been whether center Andrew Bogut would play after suffering a right abductor strain in Game 5 against the Portland Trail Blazers and how healthy he'd be. At the very least, we have an answer to the first question: Bogut will start tonight, according to the Warriors.
Tonight's starters: GSW - Curry, Thompson, Barnes, Green, Bogut; OKC - Westbrook, Roberson, Durant, Ibaka, Adams.— WarriorsPR (@WarriorsPR) May 17, 2016
Warriors coach Steve Kerr says center Andrew Bogut has made "good progress" and has optimism he will play.— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) May 16, 2016
As to the second question about whether how healthy Bogut is, Warriors coach Steve Kerr seems to expect to use the full extent of his center rotation, according to Rusty Simmons of the S.F. Chronicle.
"Festus will be important, so will Mo. We could even see Andy," Kerr said in his pregame news conference. "We’re going to have to use a lot of bodies to deal with their size and strength. Fortunately, we’ve got a pretty good stable of centers ourselves."
We'll see how all this plays out shortly.