SAN ANTONIO -- 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.
He played 63 minutes the past two games, the most in consecutive minutes all season. And those came on a back-to-back set. He's moving laterally like never before. He's exploding quicker and stronger, especially evident when he's contesting shots at the rim. He's holding his ground in the lane and doing his fair share of pushing opponents around, another sign he's feeling good planting on that foot.
He no longer lingers on the hardwood when he falls, instead gets up quickly (for a 7-foot, 260-pound 29-year-old).
The results are some impressive numbers. He's totaled 20 points, 21 rebounds and seven blocks the past two games. But more than the stats show, he alters countless shots and prevents numerous others just by his presence. He's going after rebounds and loose balls in a way that makes his presence felt even when he doesn't come up with it.
And what has really stood out the past two games is the offense. He's clearly one of the best passers on the team. But lately, he's pulled out a jump hook. He dropped in two of them in the win at New Orleans -- both featuring the confidence and touch that had evaded him previously.
But Wednesday's opponent, San Antonio, figures to be an even truer test. Teams like the Spurs, who play physical and dominate the paint, are the reason the Warriors went out and got Bogut.
"If he plays like he has the last two games," forward Carl Landry said, "we're pretty tough."
Warriors (39-30) at San Antonio (51-16), 5:30 p.m. CSNBA