Update: Oct. 22, 2012 by Stephen Babb
Neither Andrew Bogut nor Stephen Curry will play in the Golden State Warriors' two remaining preseason games, but all indications are that the club is simply operating with an abundance of caution.
Marcus Thompson II reports for MercuryNews.com that while Curry remains on track to play in the season opener, he'll play it safe until then after rolling his ankle against the Portland Trail Blazers. Meanwhile, Thompson suggests that Bogut is medically cleared to play so long as he isn't experiencing any pain:
"We're not going to set a timeline because it will be when he's 100 percent," [general manager Bob] Myers said. "It's more feel. It's his body, how his ankle is responding. ... (Ferkel's) not telling (Bogut) he can't do five-on-five. All he's telling him is keep moving forward and listen to your body."
What that means in terms of Bogut's actual timeframe is unclear, but he hasn't experienced any setbacks thus far so the long-term outlook remains promising.
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Update: Oct. 15, 2012 by Stephen Babb
The Golden State Warriors are still taking things slowly with center Andrew Bogut, acquired from the Milwaukee Bucks last season in exchange for Monta Ellis. But the recovery process is coming along all the same, and now there's some evidence according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons:
Center Andrew Bogut, who is rehabbing from ankle surgery, was cleared for one-on-one contact drills, and Jackson hopes the big man's recovery allows him to play one or two exhibition games. "His presence alone makes a difference," [head coach Mark] Jackson said. "He's doing all of the things he's supposed to do with rehab and treatment. He looks better and better every day. We're very happy with where he is right now, and we hope he'll be in a position to get some work prior to this thing starting."
Given the uncertainty as to whether Bogut would be ready for the season-opener, the recent progress is an especially good sign.
As Jackson indicated, just having the seven-footer on the floor will have an impact for the Warriors. It may take him some time to completely get back into the swing of things, but his size and defensive prowess will anchor a front line otherwise reliant upon Andris Biedrins and rookie Festus Ezeli to man the center position.
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Update: Oct. 12, 2012 by Stephen Babb
Stephen Curry isn't the only one attempting to sort out his recovery in time for the regular season. Center Andrew Bogut is working toward a return to the floor as well—whenever that may be (via CSNBayArea.com's Matt Steinmetz):
“After the trade, obviously you want to be out there,” Bogut said earlier this week. “That’s the dangerous thing about these injuries. I can’t let what other people are thinking and wanting affect the injury. I need to come back 100 percent. I want to be out there. I’ve thought of many scenarios, and I want to be 100 percent ready for that first game."
Steinmetz reports that Bogut's weary of a premature return leading to setbacks later this season, and you can't really blame him.
After playing in just 12 games last season, the Warriors are just as interested in playing things safe. If that means Bogut misses one or two games to start the season, Golden State can live with that. The team will depend heavily on his defensive presence in the painted area, and for good reason—Bogut's averaged two or more blocks per game in each of his last three seasons.
Update: Oct. 10, 2012 by Stephen Babb
Though Warriors fans had to be ecstatic to see Stephen Curry back in action for his first preseason game, it's hard to know what to make out of the 24-year-old taking himself out of the game after seeing some action in the first half. He apparently began to feel some discomfort, though the ankle otherwise felt fine.
The good news is that there's no word of a major setback according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Rusty Simmons:
While Golden State could survive a temporary absence after acquiring veteran floor general Jarrett Jack this summer, there's no question Curry is essential to the club's prospects of making it to the postseason.
Given Curry's progress thus far, those hopes remain very much alive.
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Perhaps more than any other NBA team, this year’s Warriors have their fate tied to the health of their cornerstones. Andrew Bogut and Stephen Curry are both recovering from significant ankle injuries, and this team will go as far as their stars’ balky ankles will carry them.
Bogut remains restricted in training camp, forbidden from participating in full-contact drills and five-on-five scrimmages. It’s somewhat unlikely that the center will be available for any preseason games, but based on his recent progress, there’s still reason to be encouraged.
For one thing, Bogut hasn’t had any significant setbacks since his ankle surgery. For another, he recently dunked for the first time. According to Tim Kawakami of the San Jose Mercury News, Bogut “ended one running drill by dunking twice one-handed and then throwing down a two-handed reverse slam at the conclusion.”
The Warriors’ goal for Bogut is to have him ready to play in the season opener on October 31. Based on his current rate of recovery, that looks more and more realistic.
Unlike Bogut, Stephen Curry has had the training wheels off since September 20. Curry’s procedure was far less significant than Bogut’s—it merely involved cleaning out debris and scar tissue—so his accelerated recovery shouldn’t be a surprise. Fully participating and hopeful he’ll earn a lucrative extension, Curry’s primed for a healthy and productive season.
Don't be discouraged if Curry sits out a preseason game or two, though. Coach Mark Jackson is treating his point guard with extreme caution until the games actually count.
The Warriors’ No. 35 pick has been limited in camp with left knee inflammation. Green, who’s fighting an uphill battle for playing time, did work out with the rest of his teammates throughout the month of September, so there’s not much reason to think his injury is a major one.
If he wants to set himself up to earn some minutes this year, he’ll have to get himself back into camp quickly, as the rest of the team’s forwards are already playing at full strength.