The Warriors’ biggest preseason injury make no longer be to their coach.
Starting center Andrew Bogut sustained a broken nose Thursday night against the Houston Rockets, the Warriors announced early in the third quarter. He left the game with 50.8 seconds remaining the first half and did not return.
Bogut will be further evaluated on Friday, after which his status for the team’s upcoming road trip will be determined.
“It’s the fourth time I’ve broken it,” Bogut said. “I have surgery tomorrow, afternoon I hope, or Saturday morning. But I’ll miss Saturday, probably miss Tuesday, and I’ll try to play Thursday with a mask in the final preseason game. Then I’ll be ready to go.
Bogut has been through this before. I tend to trust his timeline. If he’s even considering playing in a preseason game, he should be ready for the Warriors’ Oct. 27 opener.
But I could also see Golden State being patient with the 30-year-old.
Interestingly, the Warriors have three full games (vs. Pelicans, at Rockets, at Hornets) and a partial on deadline day (vs. Grizzlies) while Festus Ezeli is eligible for a contract extension. This could be an opportunity to test Ezeli’s ability to eventually replace Bogut in the starting lineup before paying him.