Center Andrew Bogut on Wednesday was part of the Warriors' starting lineup in consecutive games for only the fifth time, and executive board member Jerry West thinks they might need more of the big man to hold on to their playoff spot.
"We really need him in the lineup. Oh, my gosh, yeah, we need him in there," West said. "He's crucial for us to be able to close this season out the way we want to close it out."
After beating the Kings 87-83 on Wednesday night, the Warriors remain in sixth place in the Western Conference - 5 games back of fifth-place Denver and six games ahead of 10th-place Portland.
The top eight teams make the playoffs, and Houston (two games back), Utah (2 1/2 games back) and the Lakers (four games back) are nipping at Golden State's heels.
"We're not seeing the real Andrew Bogut, with all the (injuries) he's been through," West said. "He just gives us something we do not have, OK? He's got a great mind to play the game. He's physical as heck. He takes up space. He doesn't even really want to shoot the ball.
"His knowledge of the game is off the charts, and this is the kind of player that makes other players better."
When Bogut returned Monday from a six-game absence because of back spasms, the team's ball movement was immediately better.
The Warriors dished out 33 assists, one less than their season high, and shot 57.3 percent from the floor in a 125-118 victory over the Raptors.
Warriors seek more minutes from Bogut
San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 7