As the Golden State Warriors took on the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Andrew Bogut was forced to leave the game early in the first quarter due to a lower back strain. While Bogut didn’t return to the floor, the Warriors head coach Mark Jackson is not concerned and it seems that Bogut could have potentially continued the game.
Mark Jackson says "no concern" with Bogut, said Bogut waved him off, wanted to come back in.
— LetsGoWarriors (@LetsGoWarriors) October 18, 2013
Judging from the tweet, it would seem that sitting Bogut down was simply a precaution. Still, among Bogut’s long list of injuries he has also had problems with his back. Last season an MRI revealed that Bogut was suffering from a protruding disc which caused back spasms, so this minor injury is still a little concerning.
Bogut had a great run in the playoffs and the Dubs will certainly need him to stay healthy if they want to remain a dark horse contender in the Western Conference.
The Warriors ended up beating the Lakers in Shanghai 115-89 even without Bogut. Klay Thompson led the team with 25 points, shooting 10-14 from the field.