Trans. Mar 10 12:27 ET (Mar 10 12:27 ET ) OAKLAND In the first of three games that will have direct bearing on the Western Conference standings, the Warriors played small and still stood tall. With matchups forcing centers Andrew Bogut and Jermaine O'Neal to the bench in the second half, the Warriors accelerated at both ends to take a 113-107 victory over the talented and relentless Suns on Sunday night at Oracle Arena. During a third quarter in which Bogut played four minutes and O'Neal never left the bench, the Warriors outscored Phoenix 38-17 to pretty much take over the game. A late Suns rally narrowed the score, but the Warriors had built too much cushion to give back.
With the Warriors favoring small lineups on Sunday, Andrew Bogut scored only four points with one rebound and zero blocks in 14 minutes.
The Scoop:Jermaine O'Neal added two points and two boards in eight minutes off the bench, and it's not surprising to see both true centers limited against the small-ball Suns. Bogut has cooled off significantly after a terrific first half this season and coach Mark Jackson is wisely trying to preserve his health for the playoffs, but with four games on the schedule next week most owners should feel confident plugging Bogut into active lineups.
The Scoop:He was in some minor pain on Tuesday and did receive some brief medical attention. Bogut's minutes have been held in check since returning from his shoulder injury last week, so he's not a must-start player tonight on a 10-game night. Jermaine O'Neal has given the Warriors a lot more than almost anyone expected in the past month.
The temperature of the Warriors is most accurately measured not by the production of Stephen Curry or David Lee or even Andrew Bogut. Nor is with the consistency of the message off the tongue of coach Mark Jackson. To get a clear reading of the Warriors and their capabilities, the man to study is Klay Thompson. Against the NBA-best Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, Thompson was superb.
Andrew Bogut played 22 minutes against the Pacers on Tuesday with three points, six boards, one assist, one steal and three blocks.
The Scoop:He was wearing a protective pad on his knee and was also being checked out on the sidelines by the training staff during the game. Bogut should be fine for Wednesday, but it wouldn't be a total shock to see the Warriors rest him on the second day of a back-to-back set.
Andrew Bogut played just 12 minutes against the Knicks on Friday with six points, seven boards, one assist and five fouls.
The Scoop:He didn't play in the last 18 minutes of this game because the Knicks didn't seem interested in playing tonight. Bogut owners should not be too concerned about his playing time dropping off so severely as long as they're aware he might not match his season average of 27.4 minutes per game. He should be owned in all leagues.
Given the way the Warriors played Wednesday night, you'd never know they arrived in Chicago a full day before the Bulls. The Warriors appeared tired, looked sluggish and certainly were sloppy, earning every bit of the 103-83 demolition administered by the Bulls before a sellout crowd at United Center. The loss brought an emphatic end to the Warriors' four-game win streak, and only a meaningless rally over the final minutes kept this from being the biggest margin of defeat this season. The Warriors' starting lineup Andrew Bogut, Jermaine O'Neal, Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry combined for 34 total points.
After opening their six-game road trip Monday night with a 104-96 win over the Pistons at the Palace at Auburn Hills, the Warriors are 4-0 since the All-Star Game and their 35-22 record has them 13 games above .500 for the first time this season. But that's what's needed when the starting power forward (David Lee) is not available, when the starting center (Andrew Bogut) is returning after a 20-day absence and the starting small forward (Andre Iguodala) is uncharacteristically ineffective. Though the starters eventually closed the deal with a decisive fourth-quarter rally, the Warriors have to thank their bench for making sure the opportunity was there. After Detroit used a 20-9 run to take a 24-15 lead in the first quarter, Jackson turned to his bench for help.
The Scoop: None.
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Injury won't sideline Warriors' Curry against Mavs (The Associated Press) (1 Hours Ago | courtesy: The Associated Press) Stephen Curry says his strained right quadriceps is slowly getting better and he is planning to start for the Golden State Warriors against the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday night. The All-Star point guard injured his quad during Golden State's win at Boston on Wednesday and began to feel pain again during Friday's victory over Atlanta. Curry shook off the pain and played more than expected Sunday night, when he had 18 points and nine assists in 30 minutes in the Warriors' 113-107 win over Phoenix. That included making a 3-pointer and handing out six assists during a key 23-4 run in the third quarter that helped Golden State pull away. More...