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Andrew Bogut to return for Warriors on Monday (UPDATED)

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It’s official. The Warriors just announced that Andrew Bogut will return for the Warriors Monday night vs. the Raptors and will be in the starting lineup:

Cross your fingers this goes well.

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Andrew Bogut hasn’t played for the Warriors since Nov. 7. In total, the Aussie center has seen just 73 minutes in four games this season. But that two-and-a-half month absence could finally come to an end Monday night in Toronto against the Raptors, according to Marcus Thompson:

When the Warriors tip off Monday night, don’t be surprised if a 7-foot-1 Australian is on the court.

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.

At Monday’s shootaround at the Air Canada Centre, Bogut was wearing his practice jersey on the blue side — reserved for the starters. Plus there was a buzz about the center’s probable return.

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 expectations. He and the Warriors have opted not discuss his recovery progress since news broke in late November that surgery on his left ankle in April included a microfracture procedure.

This is certainly a pleasant surprise given that the safe assumption was Bogut wouldn’t be back until closer to the all-star break. But at the same time this news is a little worrisome. The Warriors have been hammered on the offensive glass and second-chance points, two areas in which Bogut would provide considerable help, the last two games. Hopefully Bogut isn’t rushing back before he’s ready just because of two losses.

Mark Jackson said Bogut will start if he plays. How much Bogut would play, however, is the question. So is whether Bogut will play Tuesday night in Cleveland after playing the night before.

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