Festus Ezeli on Thursday got his most positive health update since June knee surgery sidelined him, with Warriors head coach Mark Jackson even leaving open the possibility of the second-year center returning for Game 5 on Tuesday.

Ezeli, who was originally expected to miss six to nine months after having his right posterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments reinforced, has been cleared for full contact in one-on-one drills and to run full court in five-on-zero situations.

He still needs to be cleared for contact in five-on-five sets before Jackson will consider playing Ezeli, but the coach hasn't ruled out any games after Sunday's Game 4.

"Right now, he's not going to play anytime soon, meaning (Thursday) or Sunday," said Jackson, who is already without starting center Andrew Bogut (rib). "We have to stay true to the process. We will be wise with how we handle him, and we will also listen to his body.

"What we don't want is to rush him back because we have a need. That's not fair to him, and it's not the right thing to do as an organization.