With Bogut out, Warriors go small, start Rush vs Clippers


LOS ANGELES – Starting center Andrew Bogut will not play Saturday night against the Clippers, the Warriors announced 45 minutes before tipoff.

Bogut, listed as questionable on the injury report, was ruled out with a strained right Achilles tendon, the team revealed.

Bogut said his right ankle gave way during a 137-105 Warriors loss Friday night at Portland. It didn’t respond to treatment, yet Bogut went through pregame tests Saturday before it was decided he would not play.

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Guard/forward Brandon Rush was named to start in place of Bogut, whose status beyond Saturday has not been determined.

Bogut, 31, has played in 46 of the teams 53 games, making 42 starts. He missed six games (Oct. 30 through Nov. 7) with a concussion and another, on Dec. 5, with back spasms.

The veteran center is averaging 5.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.74 blocks per game. He has blocked 14 shots in the past four games.

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Bogut’s absence leaves the Warriors without their top two centers, as primary backup Festus Ezeli is recovering from knee surgery and expected to miss at least another month.

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