After initially planning to have a few days to recuperate from jet lag and settle in to his new Bay Area home, the Golden State Warriors have changed their minds and brought Andrew Bogut out on a flight to join the team on their road trip after all.
Late in their Saturday night win over the Oklahoma City Thunder, Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins rolled his ankle and left the game. No word yet on the severity of the injury (though an MRI is scheduled), but with the team already missing one big man as Damien Jones works his way back from a torn pectoral, it makes sense to bring Andrew Bogut out to the team immediately.
WHO: Golden State Warriors (47 - 21) at San Antonio Spurs (41 - 29)
WHEN: Monday, March 18; 5:00 p.m.
WHERE: AT&T Center — San Antonio, TX
RADIO: 95.7 The Game
Blog Buddy: Pounding the Rock
It’s really not clear how much time Bogut is expected to play. Though his familiarity with the scheme and personnel will surely lessen the learning curve, he hasn’t played with the team in three years. The team has Cousins currently listed as doubtful, but given the injury is serious enough to warrant an MRI, those doubts are probably well founded.
As Mark Medina of the Mercury News points out, while some of our less-used frontcourt players like Kevon Looney, and Jonas Jerebko could get some run, we’ve got a couple of big bodies coming up; so one way or another it’s likely that Bogut will at least get some token playing time:
...But with the possibility of Cousins either being limited or sitting out entirely for the Warriors’ upcoming back-to-back, it appears likely Bogut will have some role in San Antonio (Monday) and Minnesota (Tuesday). Warriors coach Steve Kerr can also carve out heavier minutes for forwards Kevon Looney, Jordan Bell and Jonas Jerebko. But none of those players are true centers. The Warriors are facing the Spurs’ 7-foot-0, 230-pound Jakob Poeltl as well as the Timberwolves’ 7-foot-0, 248-pound Karl-Anthony Towns.
Welcome back, Bogut! Looking forward to some solid screens and some veteran defensive leadership.
Kevin Durant should be back after missing two games due to a sprained ankle, though the team will probably issue a formal update tomorrow morning after shootaround.
The final stretch
Worth noting: the Warriors are hitting the final leg of the regular season. Though it’s felt like a bit of a grind at times, this is the last season in Oakland, so be sure to treasure these last games.
Mentioned within here: Warriors schedule is packed in the final few weeks. They play 14 games over the next 24 days, including four more back-to-backs. https://t.co/Jea46Z51TU— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) March 18, 2019
It’s a packed schedule from now till the end of the season; it’s a lot of basketball, but this is going to fly by.
The Spurs just won’t go away!
No, Tim Duncan’s retirement hasn’t ushered in the end of the Spurs — nor has the departure of presumed heir, Kawhi Leonard. But the 2018-2019 San Antonio Spurs just keep plugging away.
Led by DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge, both scoring around 21 points per game, the Spurs are exactly the boring perfection we’ve come to expect out of a Greg Popovich team. They don’t excel in either offense or defense, but are comfortably in the middle of the league in both regards. What the team does do well is taking care of the ball (they lead the league in turnover percentage), and avoiding fouling (where they rank second), according to basketballreference.com.
This is a hot team on an eight-game winning streak that currently holds the sixth seed. While the Warriors have played well on the road, the Cousins/Durant/Bogut roster shuffle means they’ll be figuring each other out on the fly.
Watch the Center matchup, Jakob Poeltl is big and athletic, with skills on both ends of the court. Assuming Cousins can’t go, it will be up to some combo of Kevon Looney and Jordan Bell to handle the bulk of the minutes as Bogut becomes re-acclimated to the Warriors’ system.
Andrew Bogut will record at least two blocks.