OAKLAND, Calif. – Go small or go home.
That might as well be the new mantra for the Golden State Warriors in the playoffs. With center Andrew Bogut out for the foreseeable future with a fractured right rib, the Warriors are searching for a way to replace their best interior defender in a rotation that already lacks big men.
The Warriors (50-31) play at Denver in their regular-season finale Wednesday night. They are locked into the sixth seed in the Western Conference and will most likely begin the postseason at the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday or Sunday.
Warriors coach Mark Jackson has flirted with smaller lineups late this season, and playing "small ball" in the playoffs could be his only option when backup center Jermaine O'Neal is out.