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Ezeli Active vs. Trail Blazers
Sunday, April 3
Ezeli will be available to play on Sunday against Portland, as Marc J. Spears of ESPN.com confirmed.
Kerr Comments on Ezeli's Recovery
Sunday, March 27
Kerr told reporters Ezeli is "progressing nicely" and has been participating in two-on-two action in practice.
On March 9, Kerr said Ezeli "should be back in a few weeks" and is "making progress," per Kevin Jones of KNBR.
Ezeli Undergoes Surgery
Monday, Feb. 8
Ezeli's Absence Limited Warriors' Situational Lineups
Ezeli spent his first two NBA seasons as a spare big off the bench, used primarily for rebounding and shot blocking. While those continue to be his biggest strengths, his role has certainly been expanded in 2015-16.
The former Vanderbilt standout is averaging career highs in multiple categories, with 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, and he has especially progressed as an offensive threat.
The 26-year-old Nigeria native has managed to do some damage in the paint offensively, and he is now a player opposing defenders must be cognizant of, as seen in this video courtesy of the Dubs' official Twitter account:
.@festus climbs the ladder off a @money23green lob feed. (TNT) https://t.co/bnyEGTagSH2015-11-20 04:28:06
Despite his development from a scoring perspective, Ezeli still takes a lot of pride in excelling defensively while allowing offensive-minded studs such as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to dominate on the other end, per Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle.
"I never deviate far from my roots, which is defense," Ezeli said. "So when I go into a game, I try to make my statement on the defensive end. On the offensive end, my job is to screen, get our shooters open...finish around the basket, roll hard."
Ezeli started several games early in the season when Andrew Bogut was out of action, and he largely carried the load as the only true center on the roster during that time. While the Warriors were doing just fine without him, there's no doubt the team is stronger with the reserve.
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