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Grant Cohn: Andrew Bogut is Warriors' warrior

  • Golden State Warriors' Andrew Bogut (12) steals the ball from Dallas Mavericks' DeJuan Blair, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

And it wasn't just Curry who was soft. Last season Jack said when he used to come in to play the Warriors, he perceived them as soft and weak-willed.

That era officially ended in that game, semi-brawl against the Clippers.

In the fourth quarter, Blake Griffin tried to run right through Bogut to get an offensive rebound like Bogut wasn't even there, like Bogut was Andris Biedrins, one of the softest centers ever, the center Bogut replaced.

If Biedrins still had been the Warriors' center, Griffin would have pushed him under the basket, grabbed the offensive rebound, made the basket and drawn a foul.

Bogut didn't budge.

Bogut pushed back. Bogut took his elbow and pushed it into Griffin's face until Griffin leaned all the way back like he was doing the limbo.

This is what happens when you push Bogut. You get pushed back.

This is what happens when you play the Warriors. When you enter Oracle Arena, you enter a House of Pain. And you may beat the Warriors, but they're going to beat you up and you have to prepare for that. This is new.

With Bogut's elbow in his face, Griffin tried to throw Bogut to the side, but Bogut hardly moved. Then, Bogut grabbed Griffin's jersey and threw Griffin side to side like Griffin was a little kid.

Get Bogut once, he'll get you twice.


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