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Andrew Bogut Anchoring Defense that’s Giving Spurs Fits

Warriors center Andrew Bogut was told before the series that he was on his own with Tim Duncan, one of the greatest of all-time. Whatever happens, happens. But the help wasn’t coming.
To Bogut, that sounded like Australian for fun.
“I’m fine,” he said after totaling six points and 11 rebounds in Wednesday’s 100-91 Game 2 win. “He’s had games where he’s killed me and I’ve had games where I’ve guarded him well. You’ve just got to battle against him.”
A major part of the game plan is to play straight up on Duncan. The Warriors don’t mind if he scores. They just don’t want to double-team him because that opens up avenues for the Spurs’ wealth of 3-pointer shooters. And Duncan is such a great passer, he can pick the Warriors apart.
So the Warriors are allowing Bogut — and rookie center Festus Ezeli — to take their medicine against San Antonio’s low-post specialist. He’s averaged 21 points and 10 rebounds the first two games. He’s shooting 42.9 percent (15 of 35).
Bogut is all but giving Duncan the mid-range jumper. He’s using his size to keep Duncan from catching the ball deep and his shot-blocking ability to challenge Duncan’s array of post moves.
“If Tim gets off, like he did a little bit tonight, we’ll live with that,” Bogut said. “If he’s getting easy shots against me where he’s two feet from the basket, we have a problem. But if I keep working him, pushing him out, making him work for his buckets, we’re not too worried about it.”
With Bogut playing Duncan one-on-one, it allows another part of the Warriors’ game plan to play out. The Warriors are using guard Klay Thompson, who has emerged as a capable man-to-man defender, to chase around Spurs speedy point guard Tony Parker.
Golden State is playing Parker to his left, where the help waits. If he gets a screen to the right, Thompson (or whoever is on Parker) goes under the screen and concedes the midrange jumper. If he drives, Bogut is waiting in the paint.
But it starts with Bogut’s ability to be on an island with Duncan, and the confidence knowing he’s there instills the rest of the defense.
“In the regular season, when Bogut was out,” forward Carl Landry said, “sometimes we had to double-team Duncan and it left shooters open, and we had different types of rotations. It’s just real easy to have a guy down there to just defend Duncan as best as he can.”

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Marcus Thompson

  • Pick -n- roll!

    Great article! “Sent from my iPhone” LOL!

  • Ewok

    And to think that Bogut isn’t 100 percent! I am aslo happy for Ezeli because he is gaining great experience from this playoffs. Both Ezeli and Bogut have dealt with Duncan, Javale Mcgee, Kenneth Farried and Tiago Splitter..

    If we think about it, Both Ezeli and Bogut are more skillful than Bill Cartwright, Will Perdue and Luc Longley.. yet these last three names have championship rings with them… So i say the future is really bright for Bogut and Ezeli as they develop more and stay healthy over the years…

  • http://ibabuzz.com antispy3

    Okay, I don’t want to disrupt the magic parpet ride, already in progress, but ponder this; the W’s are seemingly playing @ this level sans David Lee.

    What would they be with Lee in the lineup? To me the better question would be woat could they accomplish with someone else filling Lee’s starting role?

    J.J. Hickson is an unrestricted free agent for the Jailblazers (I know, different time, different team, but I live outside Seattle, so allow me my fun. . .). Although he is saying all the right things (I want to return, blah, blah, blah. . .) don’t think an opportunity to play the four instead of am undersized 5 (not quite Al Horford but I watched quite a few Portland games & he definitely was consistent, a great rebounder & inside defender, capable scorer & one of their most consistent performers) for arguably the most up & coming (before it’s all said & done on 2012-13 they may be already there)teams in the association. . .

    So, what to do with Lee? Well, the Jailblazers, along with the Philly 76ers could lend a hand. What about lee travels north to timberland & LeMarcus Aldridge travels cross country to the land of cheese steaks?

    What would the W’s get out of the deal? How ’bout Thaddeus Young & Evan Turner. SF’s for the 76ers. Young is a consistent, versatile performer while Turner has struggled to maintain his consistency. But this glut of small forwards would only be a temporary thing as the W’s could then ship Turner to Dallas in a sign & trade for OJ Mayo as the W’s hazard their bets in case Brandon Rush needs more time to recover from his unfortunate ACL tear.

    Lee & Aldridge make within 1 mil of each other & Young & Turner combined are in that neighborhood. Mayo could be the W’s sixth man & a bench consisting of Mayo, Young, Green (the W’s glue guy), Ezeli & Carl Landry would fit well chemistry & financially wise.

    So, what to do for a backup point guard? Dial up the Jailblazers one more time & sign unrestricted FA Eric Maynor. The potential combinations the W’s could dial up would no doubt make them the most versatile team in the league. . .Maynor would allow Mark Jack to run Curry as a sometime 2. . .the W’s could utilize amy amount of small lineups to space the court & allow a healthy Andrew Bogut to match up with any 5 in the league. . .Hickson & Ezeli could go punishingly big against the Grizzle & any other formidable 4-5 combo in the league. . .and by all indications this is a character group that all play sound if not spectacular “D.”

    Just thinking outloud. . .the cash isn’t an obstacle. . .the W’s just trade quality (big dollar Lee contract) for quantity (Hickson, Young, Mayo & Maynor) & the W’s get a bit younger & more athletic. . .

    This has been another episode of junior GM. . .tune in for the continuing saga. . .but think of opening night in November 2016 as the three time defending NBA Champion W’s open the season in their new San Francisco digs. . .

  • http://ibabuzz.com antispy3

    Okay, I don’t want to disrupt the magic carpet ride, already in progress, but ponder this; the W’s are seemingly playing @ this level sans David Lee.

    What would they be with Lee in the lineup? To me the better question would be what could they accomplish with someone else filling Lee’s starting role?

    J.J. Hickson is an unrestricted free agent for the Jailblazers (I know, different time, different team, but I live outside Seattle, so allow me my fun. . .). Although he is saying all the right things (I want to return, blah, blah, blah. . .) don’t think an opportunity to play the four instead of am undersized 5 (not quite Al Horford but I watched quite a few Portland games & he definitely was consistent, a great rebounder & inside defender, capable scorer & one of their most consistent performers) for arguably the most up & coming (before it’s all said & done on 2012-13 they may be already there)teams in the association. . .

    So, what to do with Lee? Well, the Jailblazers, along with the Philly 76ers could lend a hand. What about lee travels north to timberland & LeMarcus Aldridge travels cross country to the land of cheese steaks?

    What would the W’s get out of the deal? How ’bout Thaddeus Young & Evan Turner. SF’s for the 76ers. Young is a consistent, versatile performer while Turner has struggled to maintain his consistency. But this glut of small forwards would only be a temporary thing as the W’s could then ship Turner to Dallas in a sign & trade for OJ Mayo as the W’s hazard their bets in case Brandon Rush needs more time to recover from his unfortunate ACL tear.

    Lee & Aldridge make within 1 mil of each other & Young & Turner combined are in that neighborhood. Mayo could be the W’s sixth man & a bench consisting of Mayo, Young, Green (the W’s glue guy), Ezeli & Carl Landry would fit well chemistry & financially wise.

    So, what to do for a backup point guard? Dial up the Jailblazers one more time & sign unrestricted FA Eric Maynor. The potential combinations the W’s could dial up would no doubt make them the most versatile team in the league. . .Maynor would allow Mark Jack to run Curry as a sometime 2. . .the W’s could utilize amy amount of small lineups to space the court & allow a healthy Andrew Bogut to match up with any 5 in the league. . .Hickson & Ezeli could go punishingly big against the Grizzle & any other formidable 4-5 combo in the league. . .and by all indications this is a character group that all play sound if not spectacular “D.”

    Just thinking out loud. . .the cash isn’t an obstacle. . .the W’s just trade quality (big dollar Lee contract) for quantity (Hickson, Young, Mayo & Maynor) & the W’s get a bit younger & more athletic. . .

    This has been another episode of junior GM. . .tune in for the continuing saga. . .but think of opening night in November 2016 as the three time defending NBA Champion W’s open the season in their new San Francisco digs. . .

  • Ben Brung

    @ Ewok
    It’s true that Cartwright was on the downhill slope of his career with the Bulls but he was more a skillful player than either Bogut or Ezeli. He may not have had the shot-blocking ability of Bogut but, on the other hand, Bogut was never the 20pt/game scorer that Cartwright was to start his career.

  • Say Hey

    The more important point is that Cartwright and the others have rings only because they played with Michael Jordan, Scotty Pippen, and Horace Grant or Dennis Rodman. And yeah, Cartwright had offensive skills Bogut can only dream of, though Bogut is a better defender.

  • jollyman

    Hey MTII, I read this the other day in one of the Bay Area papers. You are a very good writer but I don’t want to read articles in your blog, let alone ones that are 1-2 days old. More thoughts and text out of you please, like TK gives us!

  • Perry

    The more important point is that “Say Hey” doesn’t know how to spell “Scottie” Pippen.

    I better not ever see you post again.

  • Stan

    GO WARRIORS! REMEMBER 1975!..

  • Stan

    Well,I do.

  • Stan

    MT2!! The Kawakami kid says this team IS BETTER WITHOUT LEE…HOW DO YOU FEEL?!..yes,I’m calling you on this.

  • bill

    they’re better without Biedrins and Jefferson and the cap space they eat up

  • Dave

    Marcus, By retweeting Tim’s “Better team without Lee” blog does that mean you agree?

  • Dave

    Stan, Today’s chat pretty much answers it:

    TK would never admit it, but is he the aser of provoctative sports reporting?

    Answer by MT: Not sure what you meant by “aser” but TK loves to attack unfounded perceptions.

    I think the Lee injury is forcing more offensive creativity. My question would be if they could retain that creativity if/when he returned to the floor.

    Answer by MT: Game 1 was lost because the Warriors didn’t have Lee. They keyed on Curry and other Warriors couldn’t make shots. It’s easier to be creative when you have a dynamic offensive player. Lee can score and pass, so they should be able to be creative with him. Problem is when he’s playing center

    Man, KLove is so over-rated. Lee knows his role. We don’t need a wannabee 3-point shooting power forward on the Dubs.by WalkerP 4:23 PM

    Answer by MT: I could not agree more.

    http://www.mercurynews.com/sports/ci_23214842/nba-playoffs-live-chat-golden-state-warriors-vs

  • Stan

    Ahhhh. Thanks Dave. So MT2 and I are on the same wavelength on Lee. I never claimed Lee was HOF..but after decades of Warrior turkeys,he seems eaglish to me.

  • Dave

    All of the Warriors are better without Lee talk is completely bogus.

  • Dave

    No mention of Lee in TK’s game piece. How convenient.

    MT on the other hand says:
    Meanwhile, the Spurs knocked down 10 of their first 16 shots (65.2 percent). The lead was 34-23 when Jackson gave the Warriors a boost by putting in injured forward David Lee.

    He’s supposed to be out for the year with a torn right hip flexor. But he sent a buzz through the arena when he checked in at the 11:38 mark of the second quarter. Sixteen seconds later, Lee turned an offensive rebound into a three-point play — letting out an emphatic yell after his putback dropped in.

    Not even two minutes later, he dropped in a jumper from the top of the circle, part of a 7-2 run that cut the Spurs’ lead to 36-30.

    As soon as Lee checked out, at the 8:30 mark, San Antonio regenerated its lead. Four straight baskets by Parker powered a 10-3 Spurs run to put Golden State behind 46-35 with 6:13 left.

  • Dave

    TK did mention Lee in the blog as being sensational and the W’s needing much more Lee. I thought they were better without Lee, TK???? Oops.