Bogut to rest on second of back-to-back games

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Bogut to rest on second of back-to-back games

OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Mark Jacksonsaid on Thursday that center Andrew Bogut will likely sit out the second gameof back-to-backs -- at least early in the season.Bogut, who fractured his left anklewhile playing for the Milwaukee Bucks in January, returned to action on thecourt for the first time since then on Wednesday night against the Suns inPhoenix.RECAP: Warriors edge Suns in opener
Jackson said the plan this weekend isfor Bogut to play on Friday night in the Warriors home opener against theMemphis Grizzlies and then to sit out Saturdays game against the Clippers inLos Angeles.Right now thats the thinking,Jackson said after Thursdays practice. Thats the way were going to go rightnow until something else happens. But were looking forward to him playing (vs.Memphis).Jackson said the process is fluid andcould change depending on how Boguts ankle feels on any given day.Just look at the schedule, was howJackson responded, when asked how those decisions are made. Thats basicallyit. You look at this one. After a break (Thursday), we play tomorrow. So itmakes sense. But well also see how he feels the day of the game. If he comesin (Friday) and doesnt feel right, then he wont play. So, well play it byear and once again be true to the process.Jackson said the plan is to play Bogutabout 20 to 25 minutes in games at this point. Bogut played 18 minutes in theseason-opener against the Suns, and he wanted to play more in the second half.But Jackson said no.Well listen to his body, listen to thedoctors, Jackson said. And Ill also look at what the game is telling me asfar as how hes looking and how he feels. We just want to be smart.

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

Does Draymond still care about DPOY after another ring? 'At this point...'

OAKLAND -- Even though Draymond Green still would like to win the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award, winning a championship with the Warriors has quenched much of thirst for the honor.

“I don’t really care that much anymore,” Green said after participating in the JaVale McGee Celebrity softball game Saturday at the Oakland Coliseum benefitting the Jug Life Foundation, promoting a healthy lifestyle around water consumption.

“I cared before,” Green added. “But we won the NBA championship now. I don’t care about what happened in the regular season any more at this point. I think I would have cared if I found out in Round 1 or Round 2 (of the playoffs).

“But at this point . . . I don’t even care any more.”

This is in marked contrast to what Green expressed early in the regular season, when he acknowledged the DPOY award is the only individual award he actively cared to win.

As recently as two months ago, in discussing his defensive performance in a season during which he made numerous memorable plays, including some game-saving defensive stands, Green let his words speak on his behalf.

“It is the best defensive season I’ve had, because I’ve continued to grow,” he said at the end of the regular season. “When I look at the last couple years, I think each year I got better defensively. And I think this year I’ve gotten better. So I do think it’s my best season, defensively -- but just not numbers-wise. The numbers are up a little bit more. But I actually feel better about what I’ve done on the defensive end than I have in any other year.”

Winning a championship apparently has an impact on the significance of individual awards.

A finalist for the award for which he finished second in each of the past two seasons, Green said Saturday that his plan is to leave for New York on Sunday and be in attendance when the awards are presented Monday night.

The other finalists for the award are Jazz center Rudy Gobert and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard, who won it the last two seasons.

All three players will be among those at Basketball City at Pier 36 in New York for the inaugural telecast of the NBA Awards on TNT.

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Durant fires back at salty Thunder fans with custom cupcake hat

Kevin Durant didn't forget about the taunts.

In February, when Durant returned to Oklahoma City for the first time as a member of the Warriors, Thunder fans heckled him with t-shirts featuring cupcakes, a reference to Durant being soft for joining the 73-win Warriors.

On Saturday, the cupcake graphic made a return with one slight change.

Durant, playing in JaVale McGee's JugLife Celebrity Softball game at the Oakland Coliseum on Saturday, showed up to the stadium wearing a cupcake hat. But instead of a cheery on top, a championship ring was superimposed on top of the cupcake.

So Durant, an NBA champion, got the last laugh.