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31 Festus Ezeli C
Height/Weight: 6-11/265 | Birthdate: 10/21/1989 | Birthplace: Benin City, Nigeria | Team: Golden State Warriors | College: Vanderbilt | NBA Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 1/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Warriors' Festus Ezeli suspended one game for Hansbrough fight


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) The NBA announced that Warriors center Festus Ezeli has been suspended one game without pay for Friday's altercation with the Raptors' Tyler Hansbrough, who was not punished. 

Ezeli received the punishment for instigating the incident, when he grabbed Hansbrough by the throat. 


Warriors want to rest Andrew Bogut on Sunday


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he'd like to rest Andrew Bogut for Sunday's game at the Celtics. The fight during Friday night's game is complicating Kerr's plans, however.

Festus Ezeli and the Raptors' Tyler Hansbrough were both ejected for their mid-game skirmish. Kerr will wait to find out if Ezeli gets suspended by the league before deciding on Bogut's playing status. 


Warriors recall Festus Ezeli from NBADL on Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/2/2015) The Warriors recalled center Festus Ezeli from the NBA Development League on Monday, the team announced.

Ezeli requested to be assigned to the D-League to receive some playing time before returning from an ankle injury. The injury has kept Ezeli out since Dec. 23.


Warriors assign Festus Ezeli to NBADL


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) Warriors center Festus Ezeli has been assigned to Santa Cruz of the NBA Developmental League, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Ezeli, who requested the assignment, has been sidelined since Dec. 23 due to an ankle injury. He'll have the opportunity to work on his conditioning and get into game shape in the D-League. Ezeli has averaged 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 21 games.


Report: Warriors' Festus Ezeli requests rehab stint in D-League


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/28/2015) Before Warriors center Festus Ezeli makes his return to the Warriors, he has requested he plays in the NBA Development League first, a source told Yahoo Sports.

Ezeli has not played since Dec. 23 because of an ankle injury, but wants to play Saturday for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBADL.


Warriors' Festus Ezeli could be cleared to practice soon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Warriors center Festus Ezeli could be cleared to practice soon, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Ezeli has not played since December 23 due to an ankle injury. Over 21 games, Ezeli has averaged 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. 


Warriors GM Bob Myers says Ezeli is still weeks away from return


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/14/2015) Warriors general manager Bob Myers told 95.7 The Game center Festus Ezeli is still two weeks away from returning, reports the San Jose Mercury-News.

Ezeli has not played since Dec. 23 while dealing with an ankle injury. In 21 games, Ezeli is averaging 4.3 points and 3.0 rebounds.


Report: Warriors' Bogut ruled questionable Tuesday; Ezeli out


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) While Warriors center Andrew Bogut was hoping to make his return to the starting lineup Tuesday against the Jazz, an illness is causing his playing status to be undetermined, reports The San Francsico Chronicle.

Bogut did not participate in the team’s shootaround Tuesday and was sent back to the team hotel. He is listed as questionable. Center Festus Ezeli was ruled out as he recovers from an ankle injury. Forward Marreese Speights is expected to start if Bogut is unable to play.

The Warriors are 8-point favorites. 


Warriors rule Bogut, Ezeli out Wednesday vs. Pacers


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) The Warriors ruled Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli out of Wednesday’s game against the Pacers, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

It will be the 13th consecutive game Bogut has missed due to a knee injury. Ezeli is dealing with an ankle issue.

The Warriors are 11-point favorites.


Warriors big men Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli out Monday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(1/5/2015) The Warriors ruled out centers Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli for Monday's game against the Thunder, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Bogut (knee) has missed 11 straight games, while Ezeli (ankle) has missed four in a row.

Forward Marreese Speights (12.6 points, 5.2 rebounds) will get another start. Golden State is a 2.5-point home favorite.


Warriors rule out Bogut, Ezeli for Friday's game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2015) The Warriors have ruled out Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli for Friday's game against the Raptors.

Both players are making progress according to coach Steve Kerr, but neither is ready to return just yet. Bogut has already missed 10 games due to a knee injury. Ezeli has missed the past three games due to an ankle issue. 


Report: Warriors rule Andrew Bogut, Festus Ezeli out vs. 76ers


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2014) Warriors center Andrew Bogut has been ruled out of Tuesday’s game against the 76ers, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.

Bogut is dealing with a knee injury which will keep him out of his 10th straight game. In Bogut’s absence, forward Marreese Speights has seen his minutes increase. It is not clear when Bogut will return to the court. The Warriors also listed Festus Ezeli (ankle) as out.

The Warriors are 18-point favorites.


Report: Warriors center Andrew Bogut ruled out Saturday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/27/2014) Warriors center Andrew Bogut will not play Saturday against the Timberwolves, reports the CSN Bay Area.

It will be the ninth straight game Bogut has missed while dealing with a knee issue. Forward Marreese Speights has been starting in place of Bogut. The Warriors also listed Festus Ezeli (ankle) as out.

The Warriors are 18-point favorites.


Warriors C Festus Ezeli in walking boot, to be evaluated next week


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/26/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli (ankle) will wear a walking boot for three days before being re-evaluated next week, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Ezeli will miss his second straight game Saturday after an MRI confirmed he is dealing with an ankle sprain. The Warriors play two games next week, facing the 76ers and Raptors at home on Tuesday and Friday, respectively.


Warriors C Festus Ezeli ruled out Thursday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/25/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli (ankle) has been ruled out of Thursday's game at the Clippers, and Mareese Speights or David Lee will get the start, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Golden State is a 1.5-point underdog.


Warriors C Festus Ezeli (ankle) questionable Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli is questionable to play in Thursday's game against the Clippers due to a mild left ankle sprain, the San Jose Mercury News reports.

Ezeli suffered the injury in the third quarter of Tuesday's loss to the Lakers and didn't return but did say after the game that he could have come back into the game. The center also indicated Tuesday that he expected to play Thursday.

The Warriors are a 2-point underdog in Los Angeles against the Clippers Thursday, per Vegas Insider.


Warriors' David Lee, Andrew Bogut ruled out Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/17/2014) Warriors centers David Lee and Andrew Bogut have been listed as out for Thursday's game against the Thunder, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Lee, who is dealing with a hamstring injury, has played just once this year. Bogut has missed the last four games with a knee issue. Festus Ezeli will likely continue to start at center for the Warriors with both players sidelined.


Report: Warriors' Bogut to have knee reevaluated Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Warriors center Andrew Bogut continues to be bothered by tendinitis in his right knee and will have the knee reevaluated Wednesday, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

Bogut has missed four consecutive games while dealing with the knee issue. While Bogut initially believed the issue was minor, the discomfort appears to be increasing.

"From what I was told, it wasn't something I should be worried about, but evidently, it probably is," Bogut said.

In 20 games, Bogut is averaging 7.0 points and 9.2 rebounds. His next opportunity to play will be Thursday against the Thunder.

Center Festus Ezeli is listed as Bogut’s top backup. Ezeli is averaging 3.5 points and 2.9 rebounds in 17 games.


Report: Warriors to pick up two options, reject another


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/30/2014) The Warriors are expected to pick up the fourth-year options on forward Harrison Barnes and backup center Festus Ezeli while declining the third-year option on reserve guard Nemanja Nedovic, sources have told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Barnes is the big name in that trio. He will be receiving $3.9 million after averaging between 9.0 and 9.5 points per game in each of his first three seasons.


Warriors center Festus Ezeli set to play for first time in 17 months


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/21/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli will make his first appearance in a competitive game in 17 months during Tuesday's preseason game against the Clippers. Ezeli missed all of last season recovering from knee surgery and has been sidelined since the summer due to shin inflammation.

"He's going to just get a few minutes just to start to get some timing and experience," coach Steve Kerr said, per the Bay Area News Group. "He's feeling pretty good. Festus is a big part of what we're doing going forward. I like to stay big as much as possible. . . . We've got plenty of depth at that spot when everybody's healthy."


Warriors center Festus Ezeli won't play this week


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli doesn't expect to return this week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle

Ezeli has made some progress after a shin injury, but won't play in the team's upcoming three-game road trip. He could return shortly after that depending on how well he is able to recover. 


Festus Ezeli on opening night: 'That's the plan'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2014) When asked Tuesday whether he would be ready for the regular-season opener, Warriors center Festus Ezeli said, "That's the plan," the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Ezeli has been held out of practice for the past five days after suffering a setback with his shin inflammation. "The whole point of what we’ve been doing so far is re-evaluating it every week," he said. "You never really know how it’s going to react until you’re on the court. I went through that process, and now we know how it stands. We just have to go back to the drawing board and make my leg stronger."

Ezeli indicated that the injured shin feels much better than it did in the summer. He's expected to fill a backup role with the Warriors this season.


Festus Ezeli cleared to play in Las Vegas Summer League


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli has been cleared to participate in the Las Vegas Summer League next month, the Bay Area News Group reports.

Ezeli was unable to play last season after having knee surgery in July of 2013.

"They think it's a good idea, so I probably will," Ezeli said. "Just go to Vegas, get some touches and get my rhythm back. Just get back to playing. Get back to being comfortable on the court."

Festus Ezeli not likely to play Game 5


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli will have to wait a little longer to make his season debut. He is not expected to play Game 5 against the Clippers on Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports reports.

Ezeli, who's 10 months removed from offseason knee surgery, recently received medical clearance for one-on-one drills and has begun taking part in 5-0 drills. He's yet to take part in scrimmages with the team in practice, leaving his status up in the air for the rest of the opening round of the playoffs. Game 6 is on Thursday.

Festus Ezeli not ready to play Game 4


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2014) Warriors center Festus Ezeli will sit out Game 4 of the opening round of the playoffs against the Clippers on Sunday, Yahoo! Sports reports. Ezeli is working his way back from offseason surgery, which was expected to take only 6-9 months of recovery. He is now 10 months removed from the procedure.

Ezeli recently received medical clearance for one-on-one drills and has begun taking part in 5-0 drills. He's yet to take part in scrimmages with the team in practice, leaving his status up in the air for the rest of the opening round of the playoffs.