Table set for Bogut to make Warriors' debut in opener

October 31, 2012, 3:14 pm
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Despite much hand-wringing and worry, everything is settingup for center Andrew Bogut to play his first game for the Warriors in the regular season opener Wednesday night in Arizona.Bogut, who fractured his left ankle while playing for theMilwaukee Bucks in January, hasnt played competitively since then but didparticipate in complete practices on Monday and Tuesday.Bogut will likely go through shootaround in Phoenix thismorning and then make a determination. But if the ankle is pain-free, which itwas after Mondays practice, expect Bogut to be in the starting lineup when theWarriors open their season against the Suns in Phoenix.Bogut didnt play in any of the Warriors eight preseasongames, but he was running with the first team on Monday and Tuesday. If Bogutcant go on Wednesday night, rookie Festus Ezeli will get the start.Even if Bogut plays, his minutes are likely to belimited.Bogut said earlier this week that he wouldnt put atimetable on his return, indicating that he will return when his ankle feelsstrong enough. At the time, Bogut said it was possible hed play in the opener,but didnt want to promise that in case of a setback.The original plan for Bogut was to participate in most oftraining camp and then play the final preseason game or two. But Bogut got alate start with training camp practices and never got around toplaying.Still, with two practices under his belt, and the anklefeeling pain-free, it seems more likely than not that Bogut will give it a gotonight.

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