Apr 12, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT
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.
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