Reigning NBL MVP Andrew Bogut will be inserted into the Golden State Warriors’ starting five for tomorrow’s Game Three against the Los Angeles Clippers.
After Demarcus Cousins suffered a quad injury which will likely see him miss the rest of the playoffs, Bogut will be granted a larger role in the Warriors’ rotation, as they look to take a 2-1 lead in their first round, best-of-seven series against the Clippers.
“Bogut will start so that way we keep (Kevon) Looney in his same role as backing up the centre position,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr told reporters.
“I think that makes the most sense. I think Bogut will do a great job, he has been great since he has been back.
“This is why we got him, just in case. We were hoping we wouldn’t have any injuries but that was our most vulnerable position.
“We are lucky to have Andrew.”
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Bogut believes he will be ready to contribute in the starting line-up immediately, partly due to playing every game of the NBL season
“I feel like I’m in pretty good shape, I just came out of a season in Australia, so it wasn’t like I was sitting on my couch,” Bogut said.
“Whether it is 30 or 15 (minutes), I’ll go out there and play as hard as I can. I knew I was coming in as an insurance policy to an extent.
“A guy who can fit in straight away and knows the system both offensively and defensively.
“I definitely didn’t anticipate starting in the playoffs but unfortunately a freak injury to Demarcus and these are the circumstances.”
In game one of the series, Bogut played two minutes and scored three points. His minutes total increased to 17 in game two, where the Sydney Kings centre tallied three points and nine rebounds.
Game three is tomorrow at 12:30pm AEST in Los Angeles.