Aussies in NBA: Bogut explains errant pass to Jokic's face

Andrew Bogut created a stir today with a hard pass to a Denver big man's face, but explained his rationale afterwards.

The Golden State Warriors racked up their third loss today against the Denver Nuggets, making them 36-3 for the season. Andrew Bogut scored a season-high 15 points today, making 7 of 8 attempts from the field, along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 blocks and a steal in 32 minutes of play (box score).

Late in the third quarter, Bogut caught the ball from Andre Iguodala at the perimeter, and abruptly threw a one-handed pass right into defending center Nikola Jokic's grill. https://youtu.be/8O8k2zah8tw Bogut however, took to Twitter afterwards and explained why he'd thrown the ball that way.

No. Steph wide open under basket. RT @towelase: @andrewbogut on purpose or nah?

— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) January 14, 2016

As you can see, Curry was indeed ready and able to complete the finish, if the pass had landed in his hands.

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Unfortunate timing, and a slip of the finger.

You had one job, Steph

Bogut also came up with a brilliant near-assist late in the first quarter today, adding a bit of English to a bounce pass that flew right to a cutting Stephen Curry. Curry unfortunately, missed the layup and the opportunity to create yet another highlight for the duo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujqpBjEZE5Y Seriously, that bounce pass though.

No matter what, Bogey remains one of the elite passing big men in the league. Never change, Bogut.

Never RT @Jason: Never change @andrewbogut -- never! 󾌴󾌴󾌴 https://t.co/mpHyfRYvQM https://t.co/IGnTO7MHxZ

— Andrew Bogut (@andrewbogut) January 14, 2016