OAKLAND, Calif. – The Golden State Warriors are getting back one big man sooner than expected but suddenly trying to get two banged-up starters healthy again.
Warriors backup center Jermaine O'Neal participated in full-contact drills during Wednesday's practice for the first time since undergoing right wrist surgery Dec. 13. But starting center Andrew Bogut missed practice with a right knee strain, and power forward David Lee sat out with a left shoulder sprain.
Bogut and Lee were injured in the fourth quarter of Golden State's 102-94 loss to Indiana on Monday night. Both did some light shooting on the side during practice.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson says he's not sure whether Bogut or Lee will be healthy enough to play Friday night when the Warriors host the Minnesota Timberwolves.