The Warriors could play the final 30 games of season with Andrew Bogut locked into the starting center spot, the team announced Tuesday.

Doctors have cleared Bogut to play in both games of back-to-back sets for the first time and allowed for his minutes to be extended in games that aren’t played on consecutive nights for the remainder of the season.

Because of surgically repaired left ankle, the Warriors’ big man had previously been limited to playing in only one of back-to-back games and 18 to 25 minutes when he was in the lineup. Both of post-All-Star-break progressions are predicated on his ankle responding well as the season continues.

“He’s been great for us,” head coach Mark Jackson said. “Obviously, coming back from injury takes some time. We’re very patient with him. He’s been a pro and he’s been a voice. He obviously makes us a better basketball team and makes me a better coach. We’re thrilled to have him and excited to have him at full strength.

“He’s a rim-protector, a low-post threat and a leader. He’s the last line of defense for us. We expect nothing short of what he’s been his whole career.”

Bogut entered the season with career averages of 12.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.57 blocked shots in seven seasons with Milwaukee. He’s averaged 7.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 blocked shots in 10 games with the Warriors, and they’ve gone 5-5 with him in the lineup.

“You can always give more as an athlete. The day you think you can’t give more, you probably should retire,” said Bogut, who is sporting a sun tan from spending the All-Star break on the beaches of Mexico. “Unfortunately for me, it’s a bad excuse, but the injuries put me on the back foot a little bit. It set my progression back.

“I felt like I was playing really well before I broke my elbow. I was All-NBA Third Team and really had a lot of confidence, and then a freak occurrence happens and I haven’t really regained that form since then. I started feeling better and then ended up breaking my ankle.