Defend Without Fouling
In Game 4, Golden State racked up eight fouls in just the first quarter, with the bulk fouls going to a couple of key big men–Carl Landry and Andrew Bogut. Landry and Bogut finished with three fouls, which limited their play, and thus their ability to make an impact in the game.
Coach Mark Jackson will need to manage his players a little better in Game 4. He easily could’ve avoided Bogut’s third foul, seeing as the Australian center was very emotional after his technical and was bound to foul again shortly. Festus Ezeli fouled four times in the span of only six minutes. Between Bogut, Landry and Ezeli, 10 fouls were committed in 12 minutes.
Bogut and Landry have been such key player’s in the paint in this series, and Bogut especially has proved himself to be a stifling interior defender. So, it really hurts the Warriors when they can only log five or six minutes in the first half.