Golden State Warriors big man Andrew Bogut has had a lot of setbacks over the past few years. From a horrendous elbow injury, to an awful ankle injury, to a bad back, to a trade; he’s seen better times over the past three seasons. But on Wednesday night, during the Warriors worst loss of the season, Bogut was able to shed some light on the not so pleasant evening.
In 27 minutes, Bogut had 12 points, nine rebounds, four blocks, two assists, and one steal, but most importantly he was able to explode off of his ankle for multiple dunks in traffic. This is good news for the Warriors, who are tired of dealing with ankle injuries.
Bogut has slowly but surely helped anchor Golden State’s defense alongside David Lee, but if he can continue to produce at the offensive end, he could take Golden State to the next tier of basketball. Let’s not get our hopes up quite yet, but it is still a promising sign for a Warriors team that hasn’t had a big man my entire life (granted I’m not that old, but still).
It will be interesting to see what develops over the final weeks of the season. The Warriors outscored the Sacramento Kings 68-38 in the paint on Wednesday night but got a rare off night from their backcourt. If the Warriors can manage to get production out of both their front and backcourt simultaneously, they could make for a dangerous team.
Whether or not that can be done remains to be seen.
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