The statistics don't bear out Andrew Bogut's importance to the Warriors yet, but his teammates are convinced that the numbers are lying.
"For anyone to sit here and say, 'We're better without Bogut,' is absolutely crazy," guard Jarrett Jack said. "He's a tremendous asset to our team. His interior defense has saved us on many, many, many occasions.
"Anybody who is even hinting that we're better off without him is not cool and is inaccurate," Jack said. "I would definitely go against that thinking with everything that I have."
Bogut returned Monday from a six-game hiatus with back spasms to record a pedestrian line in the Warriors' victory over the Raptors: four points, eight rebounds, two blocked shots and an assist in 30 minutes.
His teammates reacted as if the 7-footer had doubled those numbers. When Bogut showed unusual big-man quickness to rotate and contest an Andrea Bargnani 16-foot miss, and then ran to finish a feathered alley-oop pass from Stephen Curry on the other end, a party started at Oracle Arena.
The crowd went crazy, David Lee skipped toward midcourt, Kent Bazemore and Carl Landry danced along the apron near the bench, and the remaining bench players sprinted onto the court to greet Bogut.
"That was a big play," coach Mark Jackson said. "There are going to be plays like that, where individually for him, his mind is going to tell him that he's close to being back, and collectively for our guys, it was a 'wow' moment. We hadn't seen it, but we have been expecting it, because we know who he is and what he's capable of doing."
Bogut's value to Warriors transcends stats
San Francisco Chronicle | Mar 6