TORONTO -- Warriors center Andrew Bogut will return to action on Monday, making his first start since Nov. 7.

Bogut has missed the last 38 games to rehabilitate his surgically repaired left ankle. He played in four of the first five games this season. In 73 minutes of action, he totaled 24 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks.

But after his last start at home against Cleveland, Bogut decided to shut himself down for 7 to 10 days to get his ankle right. That turned into 70 days and questions about whether he will come back at all this season.

Bogut answered those questions by deciding to give it a try. He hasn't practiced with the team yet, but he's been working out on the side, increasing his activity over the weeks. He's done enough to convince coach Mark Jackson to put him in the starting lineup.

Rookie center Festus Ezeli, who has started every game Bogut hasn't, will now come off the bench.



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