The Golden State Warriors' frontcourt will remain thin for at least another game and possibly longer heading into the final two weeks of the regular season.
The Warriors, set to play the Mavericks in Dallas on Tuesday, kept center Andrew Bogut behind in California as he continues to rehab a pelvis/groin contusion. According to Tim McMahon of ESPN Dallas, the Aussie will be re-evaluated when the team returns to Oakland later this week for a three-game homestand beginning with the Sacramento Kings on April 4. He was initially ruled out four to seven days when he was sidelined last week.
Adding to the troubles of the Warriors' already-depleted frontcourt, the team listed forward David Lee as doubtful for Tuesday's game as he continues to deal with a strained right hamstring.
In their places, centers Jermaine O'Neal and Marreese Speights are expected to see an uptick in minutes, although head coach Mark Jackson will likely continue to feature the Warriors' trademark smaller lineups for the foreseeable future. Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said Dallas could be looking at an opposing lineup on Tuesday of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes, according to the report.
As McMahon points out, that lineup hasn't been employed by Jackson all that often, but it's effective when he goes with it; for the 35 minutes the unit has played together, they've scored 92 points collectively and outscored opponents by 21 points.
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