Golden State Warriors big man Andrew Bogut was four games into his Bay Area career when he decided his surgically repaired ankle needed a little more time to heal after the team's Nov. 7 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
That extra healing time proved far lengthier than anyone could have anticipated.
Bogut missed more than two months before finally returning to the team (and starting lineup) in the Warriors' 114-102 win over the Toronto Raptors Monday night.
Golden State's excitement about their center's return was tempered a bit when point guard Stephen Curry landed awkwardly on a drive to the basket late in the third quarter, however, and did not return to the game.
But Bogut's return couldn't have come at a better time, with the Warriors dropping the first two games of their current four-game road trip. The Western Conference is as deep as ever, and the surging Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz have kept pressure on the fifth-place Warriors.
While Bogut was limited to just 24 minutes, he did find enough time to leave his imprint on the game and help formulate the blueprint for how the Warriors can transform from a surprise team into an NBA contender.