Andre Iguodala said he was so into the game, he didn’t even notice starting center Andrew Bogut was injured. He didn’t see him wincing and holding his back, or check out of the game and limp to the locker room.
“I knew at halftime when he had his flip flops on,” Iguodala said.
Fortunately for Iguodala, he was spared the fright many Warriors’ fans endured when Bogut was knocked out of Friday’s preseason game with lower back spasms. But there is no reason to panic. Not about Bogut or forward Harrison Barnes, who is still out with an inflamed foot/toe.
That was the prevailing message after Golden State’s practice on Monday, their first since returning from China.
Bogut practiced and his back spasms were just a minor setback. That’s how the Warriors are describing it. Coach Mark Jackson said he’s not concerned.
“Very good news,” Jackson said. “He waived me off and wanted to stay in the game. But it was a smart thing to do, especially facing the long trip. I’m glad that he’s recovered. He looks like himself.”
Jackson said precaution is also the reason Barnes is still on the shelf.
Barnes did not practice Sunday and is expected to miss his fourth straight preseason game when Golden State visits Sacramento on Wednesday.
“Obviously with Harrison, he had to take time off,” Jackson said. “We’re going to stay true to the process. There is no concern because we’ve had the proper time to recover. Hopefully he comes back 100 percent and we don’t have to look back at this anymore.”
Bogut is expected to play in Wednesday’s game. But Barnes, since the Warriors’ next two games are a back-to-back might be done for the preseason. If so, Barnes will have more than three weeks of rest under his belt by the time Golden State opens the season Oct. 30 against the visiting Lakers.
Of course, Barnes’ absence from the lineup has at least one draw back. Jackson will likely have to decide who the fifth starter is without getting to see how Barnes looks off the bench.
No, Jackson said, he hasn’t settled on his starters yet.
“I’m closer,” Jackson said. “Obviously the set back with Harrison affects that. But we’ll be ready and prepared and the decision is made.”
Jermaine O’Neal and Toney Douglas joined Bogut in returning to action. O’Neal sat out the second game in China with a sore lower back. Douglas missed the game with lower left leg inflammation.
So the end result: Golden State endured the 10-day excursion to China and came back in tact.
“Great to be back. I think we got better. … I thought it was a great experience overall.”