Mark Jackson called Andrew Bogut a "game-changer" after the Game 4 win over San Antonio.
Bogut scored only five points, but he grabbed 18 rebounds and was a force on defense. "He's a game-changer because of his presence in the paint and his high IQ for the game of basketball," the head coach said. Bogut understands his role and is "concentrated" on being a force in the paint. It's the best Bogut has looked this season and it's coming not a moment too soon for the Warriors.
Harrison Barnes attempted a career-high 26 field goals in Sunday's thrilling overtime victory -- he made nine of his attempts to finish with 26 points, 10 rebounds and one steal in 51 minutes.
The rookie has been a revelation in the playoffs, shooting 45.4 percent from the field in nearly 40 minutes per game. With decent percentages, 3-point range and a guaranteed starting SF job, Barnes is on the short-list of players who could explode in 2013-14.
Stephen Curry (left ankle) is in the starting lineup against the Spurs on Sunday.
He took part in warmups and reports suggested that he looked fine. Curry has played 42.6 minutes per game in these playoffs, which is up from his regular-season average of 38.2. He's arguably been the most exciting player in the postseason and all eyes will be on his bum ankle.
David Lee (hip) played three minutes against the Spurs on Friday, scoring five points with two boards.
He still isn't 100 percent and he's not going to be for the rest of the playoffs. It's still strange to see Lee out on the court after being ruled out for the season with a complete tear of his hip flexor, so we're not expecting him to make too large of an impact.
Harrison Barnes was solid in his 53 minutes of action with 19 points, 12 boards and three 3-pointers on 8-of-14 shooting against the Spurs on Monday.
He turned in a big series against the Nuggets with 14.8 points per game, which was up from his regular-season average of 9.2. Barnes and the Warriors played small ball with Draymond Green (10 points, seven boards, two assists, one steal, two blocks and two 3-pointers) getting 38 minutes, as well. Stephen Curry will deservedly get all the headlines for the Warriors making noise, but Barnes has been a big part of their recent success.
Andrew Bogut ran out of gas in Monday's loss to the Spurs and had 10 points, 15 boards, four assists, one steal and one block in 37 minutes.
The game was played at a fast pace and the Spurs took 105 field goal attempts against the Warriors. Bogut played 27.7 minutes per game in the series against the Nuggets and asking him to play over 32 minutes most likely won't end well for the Warriors due to either fatigue or the risk of injury.
Beat writer Marcus Thompson expects Carl Landry to start Game 1 vs. the Spurs on Monday.
Thompson was "told" that Tiago Splitter (ankle) would start, but he's a game-time decision. Landry is expected to start unless the Spurs revert to a small lineup, so a final decision could come with a different starting five. Stay tuned.