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

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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.

Markieff Morris flips off Suns fan (video)

Phoenix Suns' Markieff Morris reacts to a call during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
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Markieff Morris‘ frustrations last night didn’t end with his scuffle with teammate Archie Goodwin. They didn’t end with the Suns’ loss to the Warriors, either.

As Morris was leaving the court, a fan heckled him: “Markieff, you f—ing suck. I can’t wait until you’re traded.” Though Morris probably agrees with the second sentence, he flipped off the fan:

Though it’s difficult to confirm that video was from last night, it jibes with a previous report of the incident.

John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7

Morris will likely at least be fined. Considering his previous behavioral problems this season – he threw a towel at Jeff Hornacek – I wouldn’t completely rule out a suspension. But a fine seems most likely.

Dwight Howard commits ridiculously sloppy inbound violation (video)

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An embarrassing lack of focus by the Rockets? I can hardly believe it.

Late in a game against a team Houston is battling for playoff position, Dwight Howard was just careless, stepping on the baseline as he inbounded the ball. It’s a needless goof, and he’ll get plenty of deserved criticism for it.

But don’t overlook Patrick Beverley‘s frustration foul on Damian Lillard before the ensuing inbound. That was nearly as foolish and even more costly.

The sequence sparked a 7-0 run for the Trail Blazers, who seized control of the game en route to a 116-103 win.

DeAndre Jordan dunks on Marcus Smart before Smart knows what’s happening (video)

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Marcus Smart went to tag DeAndre Jordan on the pick-and-roll, and Jordan took off from so far from the basket, he was dunking on Smart before the Celtics guard could do a thing.