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Warriors win No. 50 to secure 6th NBA West playoff seed (w/video)

  • Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry drains a three-point shot over Minnesota Timberwolves center Gorgui Dieng during their game in Oakland on Monday, April 14, 2014.
    (Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

In some ways, the Warriors didn't seem to miss Bogut a whole lot. Normally a poor rebounding team, they held their won against Minnesota, even without their leading big man. They outrebounded Minnesota 51-42, and scored more points in the paint. On the other hand, Golden State's interior defense was feeble at times. Light-scoring center Gorgui Dieng wound up with 14 points, and many of Corey Brewer's 22 points came on slams.

Another possible ramification of Bogut's absence: Without his presence in the paint, several Warriors found themselves in foul trouble. David Lee picked up his fifth with 3:10 to play, and Klay Thompson and Draymond Green both had four at that point, though all of them managed to stay on the court.

Golden State Warriors vs. Minnesota Timberwolves

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The playoffs will be a different matter altogether. The Clippers have one of the best centers in the game in DeAndre Jordan.

The Warriors came out lifeless and trailed by as many as 19 points in the second quarter. Asked whether his team was affected by the bad news regarded Bogut, Jackson said: "No, that was just bad. I wish I could paint a picture with something else. With all due respect to Boges and Andre (Iguodala, who got a night off), they're great players but they're not that great. Meaning, we played awful."

The Warriors stormed back to make it a game behind the red-hot shooting of Curry, who traded baskets with Minnesota's Kevin Love.


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