Trans. Dec 17 4:04 ET (Dec 17 4:04 ET ) OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut's troublesome right knee will keep him out against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday night.
The Warriors were off to a ridiculous 21-2 start to the season, but few expected that to continue on Tuesday night in Memphis. The Grizzlies were 19-4 overall themselves, and possessed the league’s best home record coming into this one. And, with Golden State missing its defensive anchor in Andrew Bogut , the belief was that Memphis would have a relatively easy time ending the Warriors’ winning ways. While it was more difficult than expected, Memphis came away with the 105-98 victory, one which snapped Golden State’s 16-game winning streak. The Grizzlies took control of this one early in the second quarter, with a 20-0 run sparked by their bench. Vince Carter led the way with 11 in the period, while guys like Jon Leuer and Beno Udrih were efficient in running the Memphis offense to get easy looks at the basket. This was far from a blowout, however, and the Warriors even had their chances down the stretch. After Memphis led by as many as 14 points in the fourth, the lead was just three with 38 seconds remaining. But Mike Conley came through in the clutch, hitting a running floater with 30 seconds left that effectively sealed it. This was not a great night for the Warriors offensively, and while the Grizzlies are known for their defense, some of the miscues can easily be chalked up to the players needlessly pressing. Curry finished 9-of-25 from the field, and many of his shots seemed forced, without him bothering to look for teammates to get easier looks. Draymond Green can be capable offensively at times, but looked out of sorts while missing almost everything in a 2-of-11 effort of his own. The good news for the Warriors is that help is on the way. Bogut is expected to return soon, and as long as he’s healthy come playoff time, the league’s best defense can remain confident that it will be able to put up performances similar to those we’ve seen to this point in the season. David Lee will be back at some point, too, and that will just add another dimension to the big man depth of this stellar Warriors offense. But until then, losses on the road against some of the other top teams in the league should be somewhat expected. At this point in the season, Memphis certainly fits that description. - Brett Pollakoff, NBC Sports
The Scoop:There is still no timetable for a return on Lee and the Warriors are in no rush to bring him back. He took part in some 3-on-3 at practice last week, but the team is unlikely to give him regular minutes until 2015. He's a low-upside stash in standard leagues. Draymond Green and Marreese Speights are good to go.
The Scoop:He has runner's knee and the Warriors will likely take it easy on him. Bogut has been hurt for much of his career and they're certainly going to want him healthy for the playoffs. He's still worth owning in standard leagues. Marreese Speights gets a bump while Festus Ezeli starts again.
The Scoop:Players can return from PRP somewhat quickly, so this news doesn't necessarily mean Bogut is out for a week. He is out Thursday against the Thunder and should be considered doubtful for the weekend. Marreese Speights and Draymond Green will do most of the heavy lifting up front.
The Scoop:Bogut had been upgraded from out to doubtful on Monday, but the Warriors have decided not to push his return. Festus Ezeli will likely get the start again on Tuesday, while Marreese Speights will be the biggest fantasy beneficiary in a revenge game against his former team.
The Scoop:Chondromalacia is basically runner's knee, and a bone edema causes swelling and fluid build-up. Bogut will be re-evaluated on Wednesday, and he's uncertain of his status going forward. He generally takes a bit longer to recover from injuries than your average player, so we'll be considering him questionable for Thursday's game vs. OKC. Stay tuned.
The Scoop:It's a good sign that he's not out, but it would be a shock to see him out there. Bogut had his knee drained over the weekend and the Warriors will likely take it easy on him. Marreese Speight should get more looks while Festus Ezeli will start.
The Scoop:Lee's hamstring is going to need to go through some rigorous testing because the Warriors do not even need him with of Draymond Green playing like an All-Star. He is probably worth stashing in most leagues, but his upside isn't really going to be a top-80 player.
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