Festus Ezeli Golden State Warriors

It looks like the Warriors will be without two of their starters for at least one more game, perhaps two.

“Bogues will not go on the trip. Bogues will stay here and try to get as close to 100% as possible,” was the update we got on Andrew Bogut from Mark Jackson, who had this to say about David Lee.

“He’s made progress, feeling better. He’ll be on the trip, but I don’t expect him to play tomorrow.”

Jackson mentioned last night how Jermaine O’Neal isn’t 100%, but he’s the team’s only viable center with Bogut nursing his pelvis after Marc Gasol struck it with a heavy, blunt object (his knee) on Friday night.

Jackson was asked about Festus Ezeli’s possible return date after Monday’s practice, and he provided a pretty vague update:

“Don’t know that. Continue to make progress, continue to work his tail off running. Hasn’t done anything in practice with the groups. But he’s getting closer and closer and it’s still a process we’ll stay true to. But he hasn’t done anything live on the court with the team yet.”

March is over after today, and the chances of Festus Ezeli coming back in April — or anytime at all this season — look mighty slim. But with five teams that are separated by four games fighting for four spots, the Warriors really need to win three out of their next four games (at Dallas and San Antonio on back-to-back nights, followed by the team’s worst nightmare, two home games against bad teams — the Kings and Jazz).

To accomplish this task, the Warriors need two players to rise to the occasion. I’ll be posting a two-part segment on that very subject later this afternoon.