Jermaine O'Neal to start against Los Angeles Clippers

Jermaine O'Neal #7 of the Golden State Warriors shoots over Ryan Hollins #15 of the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on October 31, 2013
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Golden State Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal will start in place of Andrew Bogut in their first playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Golden State Warriors have announced that Jermaine O'Neal will fill in for injured center Andrew Bogut in the opening game of their first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

Bogut has been ruled out indefinitely after fracturing his rib last week, but the team hopes he might return later in the playoffs.

O'Neal has featured in 44 games for the Warriors this season, sitting out 25 games following wrist surgery, while also missing time with foot, groin and knee complaints.

The team is also expected to use David Lee and Marreese Speight at center during this evening's game.

Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut in action during the game against Denver Nuggets on April 28, 2013
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