Andrew Bogut has only played nine games for the Warriors, but he already feels like he needs to call them out.
After allowing 116 points to the Rockets in their fifth straight loss, Bogut and the rest of the team are understandably upset at their performance.
But it was the Australian seven-footer who sounded off in front of the media.
“Our defense has been s***,” declared Bogut. “Even before I played [my first game back] in Toronto, I think our defense started to slip a little bit.”
He continued his rant:
You’ve got to stop your man. I think we have a great shell, team defense. But at the end of the day, it’s you one-on-one battle with the guy you’re guarding. You can’t just keep hoping for help and funneling to help. Those all-star players like James Harden are exceptions. But I think we need to take a better onus of saying, ‘I’m going to stop my man’ so we don’t have to get into help rotations. All kinds of crap happens when you start rotating. All of a sudden you’ve got bad rebound coverage and the end product is not good.
He has a good point. Defense has been non-existent for the Warriors in recent games, especially during this five-game losing streak. They are starting to look more and more like the Warriors of old, which should have many fans scared.
I’ll let Bogut conclude with another bomb.
I think we thought we were maybe a little better than we were. We were the hunters early on in the season and now we’re the hunted. So that’s a different mindset for us with other teams coming out trying to kick our ass and we’re not responding.