Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut has been diagnosed with a concussion and will not return to the court until he passes the NBA’s concussion protocol guidelines, the team announced Wednesday.
Bogut, who was wearing a mask due to a broken nose, was hit in the face in the third quarter of the Warriors’ 111-95 opening-night victory over the New Orleans Pelicans. The veteran center began bleeding and was taken to the locker room. He had 12 points, five rebounds and two blocks before leaving the game.
The Warriors are no stranger to playing without Bogut, and they’re well equipped to survive without him. Festus Ezeli looked really strong against the Pelicans, notching 13 points, four rebounds and one emphatic block of Anthony Davis.
When Ezeli isn’t playing the 5, Marreese Speights can play the position adequately off the bench. Also, there’s always the Warriors’ ace in the hole, which involves Draymond Green playing center. Golden State had tons of success playing small last year, and there’s little reason to expect much different this year.