Andrew Bogut out Friday vs. Lakers with sprained ankle

It should come with little shock that Andrew Bogut left another game early with an injury. But the timing of his latest ailment couldn’t be worse, three games out of the playoffs.

Bogut left the Thursday’s loss against OKC late in the first quarter and did not return with what the team is calling a sprained left ankle.

Yes, that would be the same ankle that kept Bogut out for nearly 40 games earlier this season. The same ankle that has undergone arthroscopic and microfracture surgeries in the last year.

This team and its ankles, man.

The center didn’t receive any X-rays. For whatever a non-medical expert’s opinion is worth, Mark Jackson seems to believe Bogut’s injury isn’t serious. But he’s already been ruled out for Friday’s game in L.A. against the Lakers.

Bogut, unbeknownst to the rest of us (what, you’re surprised?), injured the ankle in Tuesday’s playoffs clinching win over the Timberwolves, a team official told Marcus Thompson. Bogut tried to give it a go on Thursday and clearly his ankle wasn’t having it.

His health had seemingly been doing fine of late. After missing practically the entire first half of the season, he hadn’t missed a game in over a month entering Thursday, even logging hefty minutes in some contests.

That the team evidently didn’t think X-rays were needed is a promising sign. (Then again, like Jackson, I’m not a doctor, so what the hell do I know?) But because the ankle in question is twice surgically repaired, it gives pause. As has previously been the case with Bogut, the Warriors could be letting on a whole lot less regarding the injury’s severity. Stay tuned.

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