OAKLAND — Banged-up Warriors big men Andrew Bogut and David Lee returned to limited practice, but will be gameday decisions for Friday’s contest against Minnesota, according to coach Mark Jackson.
Bogut (right knee strain) and Lee (left shoulder sprain) were injured in the Warriors’ 102-94 loss to Indiana on Monday, with Bogut banging knees with another player and Lee drawing contact from 7-foot-2, 290-pound Indiana center Roy Hibbert.
Lee said he couldn’t raise his arm above his head for a day and a half before doing some shooting drills Thursday, but that he would warm up before the game and try to play through the discomfort.
“This is a very slow healing process, but to be honest with you, when it happened I thought I had dislocated my shoulder 100 percent because of the guy involved,” Lee said, adding that an X-ray examination after the game came back negative.
“They told me I was going to be in a lot of pain for these next couple of weeks playing through it, but I’ve played through worse.”
Bogut practiced “a little bit,” according to Jackson, who said health would help the Warriors against the Timberwolves. Minnesota features big men Kevin Love (25 points per game, 13 rebounds per game) and center Nikola Pekovic (18.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg).
“Those guys can score, they can rebound, they’re a handful, so we need to be healthy,” Jackson said. “But like always, if not, next man up, and we’ve got to find a way to get it done.”