Since making his return against the Toronto Raptors on January 28, Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut has made his presence felt in a surprising yet effective return.
After missing 38 games due to his left ankle rehab, Bogut was effective from start to finish and looked as healthy and nimble as can be. Averaging about 24 minutes a start, the team has put a minutes restriction for the games he plays in and is not allowed to play in back-to-back games until after the All-Star break.
Since returning, the Warriors are 3-1 in games he plays in. Here’s a look at how he has performed since his hiatus.
January 29 at Toronto Raptors (114-102 win)
Stat line: 23:36 minutes, 6 for 8, 12 points, eight rebounds, two assists, one steal, four blocks, three fouls, two turnovers
Bogut demonstrated good play on both ends of the court in his return, moved well and put together a nice stat line. His big return was unfortunately overshadowed by Stephen’s Curry ankle injury in the third quarter, as it put doubt in the eyes of many as to whether they’d ever see the two play together again this season.
January 31 vs. Dallas Mavericks (100-97 win)
Stat line: 25:28 minutes, 3 for 9, eight points, five rebounds, one assist, three blocks, four fouls, one turnover
With Curry out for the game, the center made a big impact, particularly on the team’s entire defensive presence thanks to a shot-blocking threat in the post. Although not seen on Bogut’s stat line, David Lee greatly benefited from playing alongside him at home for the first time since November 7 with nine assists in the win.
February 2 vs. Phoenix Suns (113-93 win)
Stat line: 24:40 minutes, 5 for 9, 11 points, seven rebounds, two assists, three blocks, three fouls
Curry comes back for this game and Bogut once again proved vital in the team’s passing game and overall offensive efficiency. Posting a season-high 34 assists against the Suns, the Warriors were able to dissect an inferior defensive squad and really showcased what they could do with a healthy and acclimated Bogut.
February 5 at Houston Rockets (140-109 loss)
Stat line: 24:31 minutes, 5 for 9, 10 points, nine rebounds, three assists, one block, three fouls
In a game that got out of hand quickly due to the Rockets’ hot shooting from 3-point range, the team’s four-game winning streak since Bogut’s return was quickly extinguished. In his first below-average performance since his return, he was essentially a non-factor in the second half despite finishing the game with a nice number of points and rebounds.
Austin Chang is a Writer for Sports Out West and a San Francisco Bay Area-based sports journalist. His work can also be found on Yahoo! Sports and Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @_austinchang.
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