Golden State announced starting center Andrew Bogut will not return after he sprained his left ankle. Yes, the same ankle that casued him to miss 38 games between November and January.
He is not receiving X-rays, but according to a team official he apparently sprained the ankle in the last game. After trying to play on it the first 9 minutes, 5 seconds, he was shut down for the night.
Bogut had arthoscopic and microfracture surgery on that same ankle back in April and has been struggling to get it back to normal all season. He sat out those 38 games after he said he came back to soon. He returned to action at Toronto on Jan. 28 and was playing on a limited basis.
Since the All-Star break, Bogut has been playing without limitations except for when coach Mark Jackson sat him down because he wasn’t moving too well. Bogut has averaged 26.6 minutes in 20 games since the All-Star break. Previously held to a 25-minute cap, Bogut has played 30 minutes or more 7 times in those 20 games, including Tuesday’s playoff-clinching win over Minnesota.