The oft-injured Bogut had been playing rather pain-free all season, but has been sidelined recently with shoulder issues. The 29-year-old Australian has been getting cortisone shots to relieve swelling in the area, but apparently it hasn’t improved enough to allow him to play vs. the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. With this being the last game for the Warriors before the All-Star break, it’s not the worst idea for them to sit their ailing big man and let him get some extended rest.
After a huge game on Monday night, Speights looks to be the biggest beneficiary of Bogut’s (and Jermaine O’Neal‘s) absence. The sixth-year pro out of Florida dropped an astounding 32 points, while grabbing eight boards and blocking three shots — albeit vs. the hapless Philadelphia 76ers. The Heat are no Sixers squad, so expectations should be tempered a bit, but if given 25-30 minutes, Speights could approach a low-end double-double. Last year he averaged 28.3 minutes over three starts, scoring 18.3 points and hauling in 10.0 rebounds. The Heat are 26th in fantasy basketball vs. opposing centers over the past month.
With the Warriors bench getting shorter, another player to consider is Draymond Green. A jack-of-all-trades, Green has shifted over to the the power forward position during the past three games and performed admirably. He’s not someone who will blow you away with offense, but he can provide stats in multiple categories. While part of the starting unit this week, Green has averaged 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.3 blocks. He swatted four shots in Monday’s win over Philly.
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