The Warriors got seemingly good news on Andrew Bogut’s ailing left ankle on Tuesday from the doctor who operated on it last year:
The Warriors say Dr. Ferkel concurred with the bone bruise assessment on Andrew Bogut’s left ankle. He traveled with the team to Portland.
— Rusty Simmons (@Rusty_SFChron) April 16, 2013
The Warriors sent the center’s MRI to Ferkel for a second opinion after Bogut exited Thursday’s loss to the Thunder with what the Warriors called a bone bruise in that ankle. The team’s motives for seeking a second opinion weren’t known. Reasons to be worried about further structural damage were warranted—this was the same ankle that’s been surgically repaired (once by the dreaded microfracture surgery) and kept him out for most of the first half of the season (and because throughout his career Bogut has yet to disprove his skeleton is a cardboard cutout). Were they just being extra-cautious? Was it because they didn’t like the initial results of the MRI? Either way, Ferkel’s assessment is probably good news for the Warriors in that the injury isn’t worse than believed.
But it’s still not clear how much longer Bogut will be held out. After missing the last two games, he reportedly made the trip with the team to Portland and is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s season finale there. It sounds as if he’s heading for a game-time decision by Mark Jackson. We won’t be surprised if it’s not until the playoffs when we see Bogut back on the court.