OAKLAND – Warriors center Andrew Bogut and power forward David Lee will not play in Thursday night's game against the Bulls, coach Mark Jackson announced 90 minutes before tipoff.
It's a particularly big blow for the Warriors insofar as the Chicago big men, center Joakim Noah and power forward Carlos Boozer, represent one of the more impressive tandems in the NBA.
"We will battle, compete and find a way to get it done," Jackson said before the game. "Carlos Boozer is a heck of a player, a legitimate post threat, a pick-and-pop guy, a post-up guy. Noah's as good as gets as a big guy diving to the hoop, offensive rebounding, defending, incredible motor. We have our hands full, but we're prepared."
Though Bogut, who is experiencing shoulder soreness and stiffness, likely will return for Saturday's game at Phoenix, the coach said Lee likely will miss at least one more game. Lee has been battling shoulder and hip injuries for almost two weeks.
"Just going to shut him down, try to allow his body to rest and recover," Jackson said. "He's been battling, he's been playing hurt and we just made a decision to allow him to get the proper treatment and rest and recover. We'll make a decision moving forward."
Veteran Jermaine O'Neal, who returned to the lineup two days ago after missing eight weeks, will start at center in place of Bogut. Second-year forward Draymond Green will replace Lee in the starting lineup.