Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut suffered a broken nose against the Houston Rockets on Thursday night. It’s currently unclear what his long-term prognosis is, but he obviously didn’t return to the game after the injury occurred.
Bogut suffered the injury on a dunk attempt by K.J. McDaniels in the second quarter. The Warriors big man recorded six points, four rebounds and two blocks before leaving the game.
Bogut is no stranger to injuries, as he’s racked up his fair share of them across the course of his career. After playing 82 games in his rookie season, the 30-year-old has only reached the 70-game plateau once since, and he’s missed 80 regular-season games with Golden State in three seasons.
Bogut averaged 6.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 23.6 minutes per game last season. His numbers were similar in the postseason, although his scoring average went down to 4.7 points per game.
While Bogut isn’t much of an offensive threat, he’s a key cog in the Warriors’ elite defense thanks to his rim protection. However, Golden State has the talent to withstand an injury to Bogut, with youngster Festus Ezeli in place as the backup center to go along with the ability to play small effectively for long stretches.