Andrew Bogut will miss the Warriors’ game on Friday against the Spurs, and is out indefinitely due to suffering from back spasms, head coach Mark Jackson told reporters before tip-off.
The ‘indefinitely’ part, along with Jackson’s demeanor while delivering the news, may be cause for legitimate concern.
From Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle:
The big man, who has played only 12 games this season because of left ankle surgery, missed Thursday’s practice and had an MRI on his back Friday. Jackson said he didn’t mean to sound grim about Bogut’s condition, but the team doesn’t yet have the results from his medical tests.
Bogut has struggled to make it back from a severe ankle injury, and was just recently cleared to play in back-to-back games for the first time all season. He’s appeared in eight of his team’s last 10 games, including the last three straight. But his presence in the lineup hasn’t helped as the team had planned.
The Warriors just snapped a six-game losing streak that began before the All-Star break with a win over the dismal Suns on Wednesday. Golden State got off to its hot start with Bogut sidelined, and though the team is certainly not better off without him in the long run, they may be able to regain that early-season stride by once again playing with him out of the lineup for what may be an extended period of time, pending those test results.
Khris Middleton has more expectations and more pressure on him after a breakout season in Milwaukee, followed by him getting him PAID this summer.
Well, he looked pretty good on this play against the Bulls, making the steal then throwing down despite Jimmy Butler‘s efforts to stop him.
Middleton finished with 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting for the Bucks. However, Butler had the last laugh as he went off for 23 points on 12 shots and led the Bulls to the (meaningless) preseason win.
Paul George‘s first experience starting as a power forward was going up against Anthony Davis — not just one of the best power forwards in the game, one of the handful of best players in the game period. That didn’t go well for George, and he wasn’t happy about it.
His second experience was in another preseason game Tuesday, going up against the Pistons and their four, Ersan İlyasova. He’s not quite as intimidating.
George scored 20 points on 7-of-8 shooting, 4-of-5 on threes — and that was just the first quarter (you can see it all in the video above).
As we have said before, George at the four is not a bad call by the Pacers, but some of that depends on the matchup. On the nights the Pacers face Davis or Blake Griffin or LaMarcus Aldridge or Zach Randolph (or a handful of others) the Pacers’ coaching staff is going to have to adjust. But there are a lot of nights where George at the four is going to force the other team to adjust, and that will play into the Pacers’ hands.