The Golden State Warriors took on the Utah Jazz Friday night without one half of their frontcourt duo. David Lee sat out this game to rest a few nagging injuries, and stepping into his place in the starting lineup was small forward Harrison Barnes. If you’re familiar with coach Mark Jackson, you know that he has no problem going with a small lineup to stretch the floor. He’s confident that his players will outshoot any team in the league, but that wasn’t the case in this one.
With the exception of Stephen Curry’s 44 points and eight three-point field goals, the rest of Jackson’s stretch players (Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, and Barnes) all couldn’t buy a basket. The story was Andrew Bogut playing some of the best basketball we’ve seen from him in a Warriors jersey.
Friday night was one of those nights that remind you why he was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2005 draft. People look at his frame and probably think that he’s just another big man past his prime. Well, they would be dead wrong. Bogut can be as athletic and skilled of a true center that there is in the league. This is evident by a pair of thunderous dunks he threw down while running the lane.
In total, Bogut finished with 16 points while shooting over 70 percent from the field. He also commanded the paint defensively with authority by sending back a few shots and ripping down 17 rebounds.
If Bogut played for any other team in the NBA he would probably have the offensive averages to reflect how good of a player he actually is when healthy. His teammates are certainly thanking him for helping them take home this win after struggling to put down an upset-minded Jazz squad.