Even though Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr has found a formula for beating the Cleveland Cavaliers that relies on speed and shooting over size, Andrew Bogut has managed to carve his own niche in the NBA Finals by bringing a rugby player mindset to the affair.
Bogut had an impressive outing in the game 2 rout that saw the Warriors take a 2 – 0 series lead with a 110 – 77 victory that saw LeBron James looking for his car keys in the middle of the third quarter. Bogut had five blocks in the first quarter and sent the clear message to the Cavs that the area of the court inside the paint was his exclusive domain. His teammates used those defensive stops by Bogut to run up the score in a game that was Golden State’s all the way from the initial tip to the last six minutes of the game, when both coaches cleared their benches and let the subs have an outing in a game that had been beyond doubt all evening.
Bogut was also impressive in limited action in game one, with the exception that he contributed more scoring. To his credit, he has never sulked about his limited role with the Warriors, even though he was a primary weapon on offense when he played for the Milwaukee Bucks.