Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut will miss the teams two games this weekend against the Dallas Mavericks and New Orleans Pelicans after getting his right knee drained due to fluid buildup from tendinitis. Bogut will be re-evaultated on Monday.
Bogut sustained the injury during the first quarter of Monday night’s 102-86 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Bogut is averaging 7.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game this year, and is the backbone of one of, if not the league’s best defense. Golden State is currently first in opponents field goal percentage, first in defensive rating and sixth in opponents points allowed.
Bogut is a virtuoso when it comes to protecting the paint, as opponents only shoot 38.6% at the rim against him. That’s a better percentage than defensive stalwarts Anthony Davis, Andre Drummond, Roy Hibbert and Serge Ibaka.
Hopefully for the Warriors, Bogut remain’s healthy. They are currently riding a 14 game winning streak, and are first in the Western Conference at 19-2. Golden State is already without All-Star power forward David Lee, and can’t afford to lose Bogut and his defensive savviness for an extensive amount of time.
*All stats taken from NBA.com/stats