Warriors center Andrew Bogut was in the starting lineup Monday at Toronto, his first action since Nov. 7.
Bogut has missed the last 38 games to rehabilitate his surgically repaired left ankle. He played in four of the first five games. In 73 minutes of action, he totaled 24 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.
But after his last start — frustrated by his inability move around like he wanted and the imposed 20 minutes-cap — Bogut decided to shut himself down for 7 to 10 days to get his ankle right. That turned into 70 days and questions about whether he will come back at all this season.
Bogut answered those questions, out of nowhere, by deciding to give it a try. He hasn’t practiced with the team yet, but he’s been working out on the side, increasing his activity over the weeks. He’s done enough to convince Jackson to put him in the starting lineup.
Rookie center Festus Ezeli, who has started every game Bogut hasn’t, will now come off the bench.