Warriors center Festus Ezeli undergoes left knee surgery

Willie Reed, Joe Johnson, Festus Ezeli
Brooklyn Nets forward Willie Reed, left, and forward Joe Johnson, defend Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli (31) as he loses the ball in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove debris and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.

The defending NBA champions said Ezeli’s operation was performed by Dr. Arthur Ting at the Fremont Surgery Center on Monday morning. The team said it expects him to return this season.

Ezeli, averaging 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.23 blocks in 40 games with 11 starts, last played Jan. 25 against San Antonio before missing the last five games with soreness in the knee.

The Warriors host Houston on Tuesday night.

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