Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he learned online that his rugged starting center was clean shaved. As it turns out, Andrew Bogut's strength wasn't in his beard.
"There were no concerns," Jackson said with a smile.
All the Warriors-related attention seems to be on the starting backcourt. But inside, Bogut has put together quite a three-game set in the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs. Despite playing on short rest, and battling one of the best to ever play in Tim Duncan, Bogut has been one of the Warriors' most consistent players.
"He's playing great basketball," Jackson said. "Protecting the paint, playing great defense on Tim, battling, making plays. I'm very pleased with what he's giving us. You need that type of presence to continue to be playing."
Bogut is averaging 9.0 points and 12.7 rebounds in 31 minutes per game. Most important is his defense on Duncan.
The future Hall of Famer is averaging 21.7 points and 10 rebounds. But he's shooting 44.6 percent and has totaled just five offensive rebounds in three games (his career playoff average is 3.3 offensive boards).
"That's pretty good," Bogut said. "Still room to improve. He still got a couple of easy, cheap baskets. I've just got to make him work and try to change things up on him.
"He's going to get his points because he gets so many touches. If he has to work hard for them, that's the most important thing. ... If he makes those fadeaway bank shots, and has to take four or five dribbles and make multiple moves to score, that's kind of what I want."