Bogut returns, will start vs. Raptors

Bogut returns, will start vs. Raptors
March 4, 2013, 7:00 pm
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Andrew Bogut has appeared in 12 games for the Warriors this season, averaging 7.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 22.5 minutes per game. (AP)

OAKLAND -- After being sidelined for six games with a protruding disk in his back, Warriors center Andrew Bogut will start against Toronto.

He was considered a game-time decision after taking place in the morning shootaround, but coach Mark Jackson and the training staff saw enough in pregame warmups to give him the green light.

Bogut will be in the starting lineup after spending most of the pregame session shooting free throws and other shots standing still near the basket.

“Looks much better, obviously. When we left, he couldn’t do anything,” Jackson said. “It’s good to see him and he obviously makes us a better basketball team.”

Bogut has appeared in 12 games for the Warriors this season, averaging 7.1 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 22.5 minutes per game. He was cleared to participate in back-to-backs following the All-Star break, but after playing 44 minutes over a two-day span symptoms of the back injury began to show.

He did not travel with the team during its recent five-game road trip.

Toronto center Andrea Bargnani will also play after missing the Raptors’ morning shootaround with a stomach illness.

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