The likelihood is Warriors center Andrew Bogut won't be fully recovered until next season. With the seriousness of his injury, the sheer size of his frame, he may not ever get back to what he was.

But the way he's played the past two games, it's hard to argue with the Warriors' stance that he's worth the wait.

Now imagine if he somehow helps Golden State end a 28-game losing streak in San Antonio on Wednesday.

It's only been two games, and he's only partially back to himself. But Bogut has been every bit the difference-maker the Warriors hoped for when they gave up their franchise player for him.

It remains to be seen if he can sustain his play, or if he can be as successful against better teams than Houston and New Orleans. But he's bought himself some patience.

"He really showed how good he can be when he has a live body and he's protecting the paint like we expect him to be," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said.

Bogut -- who has missed 48 games this season, 42 while recovering from left ankle surgery in April and six from back spasms -- said he's feeling better and better. It looks that way when he's on the court.