Keep Controlling the Paint
After reading the previous two points, one might wonder: If the Warriors did so poorly in both those categories in Game 4, why did they still win?
The answer lies in their transcendent rebounding.
Andrew Bogut leads the remaining playoff teams in rebounds per game, averaging around 12 rebounds per game. Even on a night where Bogut saw limited action, the Warriors’ bench big men stepped up, grabbing 15 rebounds as a unit and contributing to the 65-51 rebounding advantage over the Spurs. It is also important to note that the Warriors beat the Spurs in points in the paint, albeit only by two points, with 36 points to San Antonio’s 34.
Rebounds help mitigate the points gained by the Spurs off Golden State turnovers by creating possessions for the Warriors and denying easy points for the Spurs, which makes this point the most important of the three. Even if Bogut fouls out early, even if the Warriors turnover the ball twenty times and they score fifteen, twenty off turnovers, as long as the Dubs keep crashing the glass and grabbing boards, they can still win, as evidenced by Game 4.