Posted February 23, 2013

Warriors center Andrew Bogut out indefinitely with back spasms

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Warriors center Andrew Bogut has played in just 12 of the team's 54 games this season while recovering from ankle surgery. (Bill Baptist/Getty Images)

Warriors center Andrew Bogut has played in just 12 of the team’s 54 games this season while recovering from ankle surgery. (Bill Baptist/Getty Images)

Less than a month since he returned from a three-month injury absence, oft-injured Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut is again “out indefinitely” with back spasms, head coach Marc Jackson told the media on Friday night.

After showing symptoms early Friday and undergoing an MRI, according to CSNBayArea.com’s Kyle Bonagura, Bogut had been listed as questionable for Friday’s game against the San Antonio Spurs. The results of the MRI have not yet been made available.

Bogut played on a minutes limit in four of the Warriors’ first five games this season, but sat out from Nov. 7 to Jan. 28 while struggling to recover from the ankle surgery he underwent last season. The team, which was 27-16 when he returned, has lost six of its last seven games to drop to the No. 6 seed in the Western Conference.

The big man was only recently cleared to play in back-to-back games, which he did earlier this week Tuesday at Utah and the following day at home against Phoenix. He has yet to play in four straight games in a Warriors uniform.

“At the end of the day, we realize this is a process and for a guy who has not played in a long time, you’re going to go through your body reacting to it, but we’re going to stay true to the process,” Jackson said. “We know how important he is to this basketball team and this is something we didn’t expect, but at the same time, we’ll take care of it and move forward.”

The 7-foot Australian is averaging 7.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 22.5 minutes per game over 12 games. He was acquired in a multi-player deal that sent guard Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks at last season’s trade deadline.


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