Andrew Bogut made an immediate impact in his first start since being acquired by the Golden State Warriors. He scored the first points of the season on a dunk in transition and in just 18 minutes of action he scored eight points, grabbed six rebounds, dished out an assist and blocked one shot.
When he was on the floor it was hard to tell that he hadn’t played since the end of January and at the same time it was David Lee who looked like he hadn’t played in a while as he was forcing up shots all night long and ended up going 2-16 from the field.
Bogut had two impressive plays– the first one being in the first quarter. He met the defense of Luis Scola just past the free throw line and dribbled around him, created contact while laying the ball up with his left hand, and as a result received a chance at a three-point play opportunity though he failed to convert the free throw.
He came up with a great block on Jared Dudley in the second quarter.
It was no surprise that he played limited minutes what was interesting is how Mark Jackson used him. With rookie Festus Ezeli making an impact on the glass it seemed like Bogut would stay on the bench for the rest of the first half. Yet, that didn’t happen. In fact he received most of his minutes in the first half and only got over four minutes of action in the second half.
The Warriors next game will be on Friday at home against the Memphis Grizzlies and he will likely get a slight increase in minutes.
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