Ankle injury setback sidelines Andrew Bogut for 7-10 days
Andrew Bogut remained sidelined throughout entire preseason after fracturing his ankle while still playing for the Milwaukee Bucks in January. Since being traded to the Golden State Warriors, in a move that also sent former guard Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks, Andrew Bogut underwent surgery in March and continued conditioning throughout the offseason and training camp.
The Golden State Warriors had planned to slowly introduce Andrew Bogut back into the game under limited minutes and with occasional rest days in between. Andrew Bogut made a suspiring return, starting against the Phoenix Suns, in the Golden State Warriors’ season opener on 31st October.
Since Andrew Bogut has played in four the Golden State Warriors’ five games in the season so far, averaging just 6 points, 3.2 rebounds and two assist in over 18 minutes per game. But it hasn’t been the return Andrew Bogut anticipated.
“I can do a lot more,” stated Andrew Bogut. “I'm real disappointed with the way I'm playing ... I don't feel I'm helping the team.”
The 7-foot Australian remained scoreless during the Golden State Warrior’s 106-96 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. Andreew Bogut had five assist and three rebounds while logging 17 minutes in the game.
Team doctors have given strict orders that Andrew Bogut should be limited to just 20 minutes per game. But the 29-year-old Andrew Bogut was growing increasingly frustrated with the slow progress of the recovery, which has severely limited him as he is unable to make significant contributions for the team. Now Andrew Bogut feels he could have rushed the return from the ankle injury.
"I feel like I'm a liability out there, because I can't rebound, I can't move the way I'd like to move…This weighs on my mind a lot,” stated Andrew Bogut. “I know a lot of people are expecting me to be what I'm supposed to be and it hasn't come to that yet."
This is exactly the kind of setback the Golden State Warriors were hoping to avoid and now Andrew Bogut could be sidelined through the next three to seven games. Under the team’s schedule, Andrew Bogut could be definitely ruled out of the games against the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver Nuggets and Atlanta Hawks.
But the 2005 drafts No.1 overall pick Andrew Bogut could also be sidelined for the following week’s road games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder and Dallas Mavericks.
"It's just a number that we pulled up out of the blue. There's no formula for this. It could be seven to 10 days. I could be ready in five days,” said Andrew Bogut about the expected timeframe of the ankle injury. “I might not be ready for two weeks. We just don't know."
However, it seems Andrew Bogut’s already derived a formula for a successful return this time around.
“We need to get (the ankle) a lot stronger, so that I'm confident that I can push off my ankle and go for a loose ball, a rebound or a blocked shot,” stated Andrew Bogut. “Until that happens, we have to play it very, very smartly."