OAKLAND -- Warriors center Andrew Bogut is relieved that he might need only the next few days receiving treatment on a bone bruise in the pelvic/groin area in order to get back on the court.
"I think it's a five-, six-, seven-day thing, and I think once I get the swelling out, I'll be OK," Bogut said on his weekly radio show on KNBR on Monday, three days after taking a knee in the midsection. "Thankfully, it's nothing structural, no bone chip, nothing like that."
While the Warriors' top rebounder and shot blocker will remain home for therapy, the rest of the depleted team heads to Texas for a big back-to-back in the schedule that has it playing at Dallas and San Antonio.
The Warriors are also expected to have forward David Lee miss Tuesday's game against Dallas as he spends a third game sitting out due to a right hamstring strain, according to coach Mark Jackson, who added Lee would at least make the trip.
Without their injury-riddled starting frontcourt, the Warriors lost at home to New York. The setback left them 1½ games ahead of Dallas, Memphis and Phoenix, which are tied for the No. 7 seed in a bunched-up Western Conference race.
"It's going to be a tough task, but it's gut-check time at this point in the season," guard Klay Thompson said of the back-to-back. "You really want to go in there with the goal of getting two wins. I think this (trip) could be good for us to get our swag back."
Golden State needs a win at Dallas to provide itself more of a cushion in the standings with only nine games left in the regular season and six Western Conference teams legitimately competing for five remaining playoff spots. The game also takes on great importance for the Warriors because the following night they'll play at San Antonio, which has the NBA's best record and will enter the game with an 18-game winning streak.
"Great opportunity to go and get two on the road against two good teams both still playing for something obviously at this point in the season, so we've got to get our mojo back for Tuesday and Wednesday," guard Stephen Curry said.
Said Thompson of the Western Conference race: "It's been tough. You feel like you can get some breathing room. You have one slip-up, teams are right on your heels."
Jackson said he wasn't so much concerned about the standings as he was getting wins and having his team play "great basketball."
To do so, it will help the Warriors when Bogut and Lee return. Bogut said he could be back as early as Friday when the team returns home to face Sacramento or Sunday against Utah.
"But I'm leaning more toward Sunday the way it's responding kind of slow right now," Bogut said.
"We need him to play at a high level," Jackson said. "There's no secret he hasn't played the way we or he expects him to, but I believe in him and I believe that he's going to play huge for us and win games for us.
"He's a guy that works extremely hard. He's a true professional. He cares, and I believe it's going to pay off. He'd be the first to tell you he's not playing up to par."
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Warriors (45-28) at Dallas (44-30), 5:30 p.m. CSNBA