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Andrew Bogut out for Warriors at Lakers Friday due to ankle injury


As the Lakers continue their pursuit to wrap up the eighth and final playoff spot in the West, they’ll do it against a Warriors team on Friday playing without its starting center.

Andrew Bogut didn’t travel with his team to Los Angeles following Golden State’s loss to the Thunder on Thursday, after playing just nine minutes due to an ankle injury.

According to Marcus Thompson II of the San Jose Mercury News, it’s the same (left) ankle which caused Bogut to miss close to half of his team’s games this season.

Warriors head coach Mark Jackson told reporters after the game that Bogut will not undergo X-rays, and that the injury isn’t considered to be too serious. With Golden State having already clinched a playoff spot and being essentially locked in to either the sixth or seventh playoff position in the West, there’s no reason for them to take any chances.

The Lakers, meanwhile, need all the wins they can get to finish the season by securing a playoff spot of their own. It’ll be a little bit easier with Bogut out of the lineup on Friday, whose absence will leave the Warriors undersized defensively against the likes of Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol inside.

Bogut is averaging 6.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocked shots in 25.3 minutes per game this season.

Report: Pistons monitoring Markieff Morris situation

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Markieff Morris made a lot of noise this summer about being unhappy in Phoenix and wanting out, after the Suns traded his twin brother Marcus to the Pistons as part of a salary dump. He openly demanded a trade, and said on the record several times that his long-term future is not with the team. He’s changed his tune since training camp started, once he realized he has no choice but to play for the Suns unless they decide to trade him. But according to the Detroit Free Press‘ Vincent Ellis, there is interest from the one team he would be guaranteed to want to play for:

Markieff’s unhappiness with the Suns started when they traded his brother, so he would obviously jump at the chance to reunite with Marcus. And they don’t have much in the way of power forward depth beyond the other Morris twin and Ersan Ilyasova, so it would be a good fit from a basketball standpoint. But with the brothers’ felony assault charges pending, reuniting them on the same roster might not be the best idea, and it also opens up the possibility of having to trade one of them in the future and the other one being unhappy. So far, the Suns have shown no inclination to trade Markieff, but if that changes, the Pistons are an interesting destination to keep an eye on.

Popovich to Aldridge: “Welcome to the Spurs. Go sit” out practice.

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Gregg Popovich’s habit of resting key players at times has become the norm around the league as more and more studies have shown it helps players perform at higher levels plus helps reduce injury risk. Still, Popovich is the poster child.

New Spur LaMarcus Aldridge wasn’t used to this but got introduced to it in a very Popovich way, reports Jeff McDonald at the Express-News.

LaMarcus Aldridge missed his first workout of training camp today with leg tightness. Or rather, the Spurs — being the Spurs — held him out for precautionary reasons.

“We sat him out,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “He didn’t want to do it. I said, ‘Welcome to the Spurs. Go sit.’”

He might as well have added “get used to this.” Aldridge is going to get some rest this season. Not as many as Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Tony Parker, but he’s going to get some nights off.

Remember, Aldridge is a guy who played through a torn ligament in his thumb last season because he thought the Blazers could make noise in the playoffs (and they might have had Wesley Matthews not gotten hurt). He’s not a guy used to being told to sit and rest.

It’s his “Welcome to the Spurs” moment.