With Andrew Bogut out, the Warriors have done surprisingly well, defending the ball, and scoring inside. The problem, however, is that the Warriors fail to grab all defensive rebounds, and small guards like Ty Lawson continue to attack the basket and get easy shots off. The little things add up.
The Warriors, now at 7-6, should be glad that they’re over .500, but worried that they have the same record as four other teams in the Western Conference.
This is why tonight, the only game until Monday, is very crucial. If David Lee can shutout Kevin Love on the glass and at the three point line, then the Warriors will be golden.
Monday, according to sources, is when Andrew Bogut plans to make his return to practices. He says that he is feeling much better, and he is ready to give the Warriors what they need – victories, to stay in it.
The Warriors, despite some great defense, always end up resorting to the David Lee-Carl Landry combo. This is a lineup where other teams are free to get whatever they want inside the paint, and rebound the ball. While Ezeli and Biedrins may provide size, Biedrins lacks weight, strength, and free throw shooting. Ezeli is big, but is inexperienced. He will be dooped into too many fouls.
Andrew Bogut’s intelligence and basketball acumen really helps the Warriors on the court. His leadership can not be replaced, as even though he sits on the bench, he still encourages his teammates. Trust me, Bogut wants to get back on the court just as badly as fans want him to. But if we the fans want him to be 100% and ensure the Warriors to be a deadly threat, he will have to rehab his ankle even more. Without his size, skill, and IQ, the Warriors face challenging times in the paint. They need to hold through one last game, and he will be back.
Although the Warriors have been inconsistent this season, tonight’s game against the Timberwolves will be crucial for improving their record a little more before Bogut returns. If they do earn themselves the win tonight, it’ll set up and open a path to the playoffs/victory. Big talk for being so early in the season? Every game counts.
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