Why Golden State Warriors’ Defense Can’t Stay Elite Without Andrew Bogut

December 30th, 2014 by Zach Buckley Leave a reply »

Under first-year coach Steve Kerr, the Golden State Warriors have uncorked a championship formula that revolves around a ball-moving, perimeter-sniping offense and an impenetrable defensive fortress.

But the centerpiece of the Bay Area's stone wall is brittle 7-footer Andrew Bogut, who will miss Tuesday's game against Philadelphia, according to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, making it seven straight seasons that he's missed double-digit games due to injury. This defense can be good without him, but greatness is only possible when he's healthy enough to provide elite paint protection.

The culprit for his most recent sideline session is his ailing right knee, which has already required two rounds of platelet-rich plasma therapy. He has not suited up since making a two-minute appearance on Dec. 8, and Kerr said he is unsure of when Bogut will be able to return, per Comcast SportsNet's Monte Poole:

Bogut sounds optimistic about the progress he's making, but that hasn't allowed him to offer a concrete timetable.

"I’m rehabbing and I should be there soon," Bogut wrote in a piece for& ...

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