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Bad news in Bay Area: Andrew Bogut out indefinitely with fractured rib

Apr 14, 2014, 9:08 PM EDT

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This is bad for the Warriors. Potentially very bad.

Golden State will be without starting center Andrew bogut indefinitely due to a fractured rib, the team confirmed Monday night before the team took on Minnesota in their penultimate game. (Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports tweeted it first.)

Bogut is out for the final two regular season games for sure and if and when he can return during the playoffs remains to be seen. But it does not sound like he will be back soon.

The injury appeared to occur from an inadvertent elbow from LaMarcus Aldridge during the Blazers win Sunday night.

When Andrew Bogut is on the court the Warriors allow 98.8 points per 100 possessions — the Warriors have the third best defense in the NBA this season largely because of him and Andre Iguodala (the Warriors allow 1.8 more per 100 when Bogut sits). More importantly Bogut’s post scoring and skilled passing out of the post boosts the Warriors offense 5.1 points per 100 possessions when he is on the court.

If the Warriors end up facing the Clippers in the first round of the playoffs (not a lock but likely) they would sorely miss Bogut in trying to defend DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin in the post.

This would mean a lot more Jermaine O’Neal for Golden State. With David Lee back at the four it could mean more Marresse Speights and some Hilton Armstrong.

But all of those guys are a big drop off from what Bogut brings. If he is out for the playoffs, or plays but is a shadow of himself, it’s hard to see Golden State getting out of the first round of the playoffs.

  1. 00maltliquor - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    I’m actually surprised he lasted this long.

    • progress2011 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:37 AM

      Dare I say I agree with Colt 45 !!!!

      I like Boguts “POTENTIAL” a lot! He is truly a skilled big man…..but he is Fragile, to put it mildly!

      You’d expect guys that big to have more durability….unfortunately, it appears to be the opposite..

      GM’s would be smart to downgrade him until he can show more durability. He can’t start a season as the starter because he’s not reliable. As on any job, if you are not there, we can’t depend on you. …aka Yao Ming etc.

  2. JMClarkent - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Bogut gets the craziest injuries…

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      He even hurt himself sleeping that one time… at least that’s what his coach said.

    • savvybynature - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:47 AM

      Agree, but really not that crazy this time.
      With all the shoulder and elbow contact Aldridge gets away with on the offensive end, it was only a matter of time before someone got a busted rib.

  3. cantonb0und13 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:21 PM

    At least the Warriors are in the playoffs. While, I’m watching the Knicks missing the playoffs. At least Phil Jackson is pursuing Lamar Odom, Metta World-Peace and Pau Gasol. Oh boy, sure can’t wait for next season! I’m expecting the Knicks to get the #1 seed. Just kidding, they will probably miss the playoffs again. What a pathetic franchise.

    • fanofthegame79 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:54 PM

      If only they held on to some picks. That and the Carmelo trade really messed them up.

      • cantonb0und13 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:06 PM

        The Knicks can’t do anything right. It should be illegal to be a Knicks fan. I’m just going to root for the Pacers for now on.

      • fanofthegame79 - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:26 AM

        It seems to stem from Dolan – and we all know that it’s hard to get out from under a bad owner.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:56 PM

      Are you a spoof cantonbound? Because that 0 looks awfully suspicious.

      • cantonb0und13 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:33 PM

        Nope. The same cantonbound.

      • jimeejohnson - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Same God damn loser.

  4. orlandochamps - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    There goes the playoff run..Man they really need him down low for defense. What a low blow for the warriors at this point. FYI to all the cali folks, Easter and Playoffs are both on 4/20.

  5. volcom2143 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:27 PM

    The dude is a china doll

  6. antistratfordian - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:39 PM

    Does this really change anything though? Golden State was going to lose in the first round either way.

    • casualcommenter - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:05 PM

      Correct, because upsets never happen in the playoffs.

      For example, the Miami Heat were heavily favored to beat the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals, and the Heat won the championship that year, right?

      So as you said, the Warriors were definitely going to lose in round 1, and there was no possibility of an upset because upsets never happen.
      Just ask the 2011 NBA Champion Miami Heat.

      • antistratfordian - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:10 PM

        …blah blah blah…

        one thing we can both agree on though: they’re definitely going to get sh– on now.

      • casualcommenter - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:15 PM

        Wow, I just doublechecked, and the Heat actually lost the Finals that year as LeBron James averaged under 18 points per game for the series. Weird.

        The Heat were favored, and they had LeBron James (“The Should Be MVP” that season according to antistratfordian), and they still lost. LeBron even shot just 27% from the field one game too, which I don’t think antistratfordian would have predicted beforehand (weird since he knows so much about basketball!)

        Gee, I guess if the Mavericks can defeat the mighty LeBron James and the Heat, the Warriors might have had a shot to defeat Blake Griffin and the Clippers, despite what antistratfordian thought of the Warriors’ chances.

      • antistratfordian - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:52 PM

        If the Clippers were going through what the Heat were going through in 2011 – being the most scrutinized team in history etc – and if this was Chris Paul and Blake Griffin’s first year playing together, with one of them having already won in the finals and the other afraid to step on the other’s toes, etc – then your comparison may have been a better one. As it stands right now you’re just desperate for some sort of clever reply that includes LeBron James and failing.

        What we both know is going to happen is that the Warriors are going to get a– blasted. The Clippers are too good of a team on both sides of the ball (1st offense, 7th defense) with the 2nd best point differential in the league, and none of the insane drama which accompanied the 2011 Heat. And the Warriors are far too jumper reliant for playoff viability anyway. It was that latter issue that was going to prevent them from going anywhere.

        But, hey, maybe the Clippers team plane will crash, right? Team planes have crashed before so I’m sure you’re still considering that possibility.

  7. tfilarski - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    the man made of glass

  8. maddogg911 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Blake and co are going to have a field day vs warriors! Clippers in 5

  9. maddogg911 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Blake and co are going to have a field day vs warriors! Clippers in 5

  10. maddogg911 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Blake and co are going to have a field day vs warriors! Clippers in 5

  11. maddogg911 - Apr 14, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    Blake and co are going to have a field day vs warriors! Clippers in 5

  12. casualcommenter - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:07 PM

    Terrible loss for the Warriors.

    Not a Warriors fan, but I was frankly looking forward to all the playoff series in the West, and this was going to be one of the most competitive in the group.

    David Lee and Jermaine O’Neal are going to have to step up defensively for the Warriors to have a shot of an upset.

  13. flickflint - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Sign lil b he will add much needed playoff experience to the team !!!!!!!

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:49 PM

      Especially if they play the Thunder and Kevin Durant, right?

      • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:01 PM

        Hahaha! If the Warriors actually signed him before a series with OKC Durant would probably average 45-10-6 and stare down lil b after every made shot.

  14. 15412pack - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Bogut is the ultimate ***ktease player.

    Just when you think he’s finally put it together, he breaks down. With his history, he will probably re-aggravate it over the summer and will miss about 60 games next year and say he came back too soon.

  15. rodge1 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:21 PM


    Heat weren’t favored to win that series against Dallas in 2011. Mavericks were the deepest team that season and also beat the Heat badly both times in the regular season. You should casually check your info before casually commenting nonsense.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:08 PM

      Incorrect. Sorry, but the 2011 Mavericks weren’t given an ounce of credit. By 2011, Dirk & co. had lost so many series in which they were favored that ESPN would fire you for picking Dallas to win it all.

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      Whaaaa??? Whatever makes you sleep good at night, I guess…

  16. jbeagles23 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Never guarantee against curry

  17. ProBasketballPundit - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Andrew Bogut is crucial to the Warriors defensive identity so this is a big blow… but the Warriors have only looked like contenders for one 10-game stretch all season. So what if they needed a change? What if they go small ball with Harrison Barnes and he lights it up? He was a big part of their playoff run last season, maybe he can do it again.

  18. ufools - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:33 PM

    It’s not as though they were going to beat the Clippers anyway…..

  19. Laying The Blog Down - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Reblogged this on layingtheblogdown.

  20. jerdogthompson - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    Not even certain they get a 6 is it? Nights early.

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