OAKLAND -- The Warriors locked up the NBA Western Conference's sixth playoff seed Monday night with an impressive comeback. Now they must contemplate what it all means if center Andrew Bogut can't come back.

Before their 130-120 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Warriors revealed that their stalwart defensive paint protector has a rib fracture and will be out indefinitely -- quite possibly for the rest of the season depending on how long their playoff run lasts.

The bad news on Bogut put a damper on an otherwise emotional Warriors' regular-season home finale at Oracle Arena in which they achieved their 50th win by rallying from 19 down. There were a number of heroes, but as usual, it was Stephen Curry leading the way with 32 points and 15 assists.

It will be harder going forward without Bogut, but Curry and the Warriors weren't sounding like a team ready to limp into the playoffs and wave the white flag to either the Los Angeles Clippers or Oklahoma City Thunder, Golden State's two possible first-round opponents.

"We hope a miracle happens with Andrew," said Curry. "We'll see what happens. But as a team, we're focused on what the challenge ahead of us is, and we have to move forward."

Judging by the obvious discomfort he was in before the game in the locker room, Bogut will need a miracle to make it back.

"I can't take deep breaths or yawn," he said. "It's pretty hard to move around or do anything right now. Even driving the car was a little tough."


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Bogut thinks he initially injured one of the ribs on his right side in the first half against the Denver Nuggets on Thursday. He felt it again while dunking a ball against the Los Angeles Lakers the next night but said the elbow he took in the fourth quarter against Portland on Sunday "put it over the top." X-rays taken after that game confirmed the fracture.

Bogut wouldn't budge much off the team's prognosis. Asked if and when he might play again, he said tersely, "Indefinite. That's all I'm giving you guys."

The veteran center didn't paint a very rosy picture about his return, however. He said he is very concerned about even trying to work out too soon because it could result in an even more serious injury.

"I can't move right now," he said. "I can't move my arm. Any vibrations -- coughing, sneezing -- hurts. I'm guessing if I get on a treadmill or an elliptical, it's going to hurt. I obviously have to be careful if I do too much, because if it cracks, I'm looking at a punctured lung, and I'll be in a hospital with a tube coming out of me."

Warriors coach Mark Jackson, who was swarmed by several of his players at the end of the game to point up the coach's role in achieving the club's first 50-win season in 20 years, said the team would forge ahead without Bogut.

"He's hurt, it's indefinite, it's real," said Jackson. "It's a concern, and we want him to be healthy. It's unfortunate, but it's the hand that we've been dealt, and we have to move on."

The Warriors could get some relief if second-year 7-footer Festus Ezeli, who has been out all season after offseason knee surgery, can make it back at some point during the first round.

More than likely, though, the cast that overhauled the T'wolves -- plus Andre Iguodala, who sat out with knee tendinitis -- will be the cast against the Clippers or Thunder. But that still could be formidable, even without Bogut, if this latest game was any indication.

Fueled by three straight 3-point baskets by Kevin Love to start the game, Minnesota jumped to a 16-2 lead and upped that lead to as many as 19 in the second quarter. But Golden State rallied to within two at the half, 64-62, then simply overwhelmed the Timberwolves in the second half.

David Lee scored 25 points with nine rebounds to support Curry's latest sterling outing, and Draymond Green had a career-high 20 points plus 12 rebounds. Klay Thompson also scored 20. Love, who had 22 first-quarter points, led Minnesota with 40 points and 14 rebounds.

"Fifty wins with all the adversity we had all season long, all the travails, all the injuries, all the excuses that we could have taken, it says a lot about this basketball team," said Jackson. "Fifty is a special number. So while you're here, enjoy it."

Wednesday's game
Warriors (50-31) at Denver (36-44), 7:30 p.m., CSNBA

Online extras
Thompson: Tough blow, but team still has options. WWW.MERCURYNEWS.COM/SPORTS