Warriors center Andrew Bogut will be sidelined the next seven to 10 days to rest and strengthen his surgically repaired left ankle.
The announcement Thursday is the kind of setback Bogut and the Warriors were hoping to avoid this season. The 7-footer from Australia was held scoreless while playing 17 minutes in Golden State’s 106-96 win against Cleveland on Wednesday night. He had five assists and three rebounds.
Bogut sat out all of the preseason. He has moved slowly and showed little lift while playing four of the first five regular-season games. He had been limited to 20 minutes a night and prohibited from playing in back-to-back games.
The 2005 No. 1 overall pick fractured his ankle Jan. 25 with Milwaukee and missed the rest of the season after being traded to Golden State for guard Monta Ellis, among others.
Bogut’s absence will surely be felt tonight when the Warriors see Dwight Howard and the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time.
Golden State is undefeated this season when winning the battle of the boards. That won’t be easy against the Lakers, who lead the NBA in rebounding margin (plus-9.6).
But despite their star power — Kobe Bryant and Howard rank among the top scorers in the league — Los Angeles has the worst record in the Western Conference.
In fact, the Lakers’ 1-4 start is the worst for the franchise since 1993.