Mar 11, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) reaches in for a the ball against Detroit Pistons forward Greg Monroe (10) with Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut (12) during the second quarter at Oracle Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
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What’s a king to a god, what’s a god to an Andrew Bogut?
Andrew Bogut has long been thought of as the key to potential Warriors playoff success. His defensive presence alone is enough to change the dynamics of a series, but that is not to say his offensive game is something to chuckle at.
Of course, his defense is the real bread winner.
This is what makes Bogut so good. He is one of the best rim protectors in the league when healthy, and has the offensive game to back it up.
Josh Smith doing good Josh Smith things
Josh Smith is capable of incredible physical feats. Unfortunately see more of the frustrating stuff than the former. The Rockets and Trail Blazers game was entertaining for a lot of reasons, one of which was that we got to see Smith put Chris Kaman through a GIF.
By the way, did you catch Patrick Beverley sort of shoving James Harden off him as he refused to smile during the celebration? I would hate to have a conversation with that guy, he seems hard to read.
Wilson Chandler, also, had a dunk
Pero Antic is great for spacing the floor, but no so great at preventing Wilson Chandler from dunking.
Don’t tell the Nuggets that they gave up on the season.
Curry with the wrist
You already saw Curry’s fantastic pass to Bogut for that dunk. Curry was on fire with the assist Wednesday, finding Leandro Barbosa for a wide open corner-3 with this behind-the-back pass facing a double team.
The Celtics beat the Grizzlies with an alley-oop
What is it with the Celtics and alley-oops out of inbounds plays to tie the game? With less than a minute left, the Celtics ran an alley-oop play out of an inbounds play that resulted in the score and the and-1 in an impressive win over the Memphis Grizzlies.
Brad Stevens designed a great play, with four shooters on the court and Courtney Lee handling the inbounds pass, he called for an alley-oop pass to a wide-open Smart. Smart had the strength to finish the play and draw the foul.
According to Jay King over at MassLive.com, the play was originally supposed to be ran for center Kelly Olynyk. However, Lee made a great decision to get the ball to Smart.
"“The play wasn’t really originally for me,” Smart said later, nonetheless a bit surprised to hear himself labeled a potential alley-oop target. “It was just, kind of, if it’s there then look at it. It was for Kelly (Olynyk) to pop up and get the ball.”"
The Celtics continue to impress late in the season, and it seems this team is headed in the right direction.