Posted January 29, 2013

Report: Andrew Bogut expected to return to Warriors’ lineup Monday night

Andrew Bogut, Golden State Warriors
Andrew Bogut grabs a rebound

Andrew Bogut has missed all but four games this season.(Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Ben Eagle

Offseason ankle surgery cost Andrew Bogut all but four games this season, but he’s expected to return to the lineup Monday night in Toronto, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

Warriors starting center Andrew Bogut is aiming at coming back Monday night in Toronto. It will all depend on how he feels after pregame warmups. But multiple sources said Bogut is planning to give it ago.

The Warriors are being quiet on the matter and coach Mark Jackson maintains his stance that Bogut will come back when he is ready. Bogut doesn’t want to create a big to-do, one source said, and ramp up

Acquired in a March 2012 deal that sent Monta Ellis to Milwaukee, Bogut has played in only four games total for the Warriors, averaging 6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 18.3 minutes. He has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, but helped Milwaukee finish as the fourth-ranked defense during the 2010-11 season.

The surprising Warriors sit 5th in the West at 26-17, but their small-ball lineup has been exposed recently, yielding 57 second-chance points over their last two games. Bogut’s return should provide a big boost on the boards and help improve a defense that ranks 12th in the NBA. Golden State was never considered a serious title contender, but a healthy Bogut should make them the team no one wants to face in the postseason.

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