Golden State Warriors: Three Unsung Heroes From Game 4

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Andrew Bogut

May 12, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Carl Landry (7) celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (30) and center Andrew Bogut (12) after making a basket while being fouled in the third quarter in game four of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Maybe this one is a little bit of a cheat.

Even though Andrew Bogut runs slower than molasses and struggles to make easy put backs and free throws, Golden State’s starting center has been invaluable to the squad’s deep postseason run.

Despite collecting three personal fouls in the first quarter, Bogut settled down enough to  pull down 18 rebounds in nearly 28 minutes of play during Game 4, coming three boards short of his playoff-high from Game 6 against Denver.

Bogut’s formidable ability to collect off the glass is in many ways a testament to his defense in the lane, which has limited the Spurs’ shooting to less than 50 percent from five feet or less, thereby forcing them to rely on mid-range jumpers.

With Bogut on the floor, San Antonio’s offensive rating falls from their postseason average of 105.9 to 93.5. His ability to contribute on the offensive end also plays a factor, as the Spurs’ defensive rating falls from 109.8 when he plays to just 93.6 when he sits.

The contributions Bogut has provided have added a dimension that Golden State has lacked for almost two generations. Game 4 is just one of many the Warriors would have lost had it not been for him.

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