Aussies in NBA Finals: Efficiency the name of the game (one) for Bogut
It's Finals time!
Once again we have the Golden State Warriors facing off against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and with many anticipating Golden State to do what they did in last year's Finals and rely on their Death Lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala, Harrison Barnes, and Draymond Green, us Aussies in the NBA (AITNBA) fans are keeping a keen eye out for how many minutes Andrew Bogut does get to play, and of course, what he does in those minutes.
Game 1 showed us that, as usual, Bogey can do a lot with very little. 15 minutes of game time sown, and 10 points (on 5-for-7 shooting), 3 boards, and 2 assists were reaped as he played a big part in Golden State's team effort in making up for a quiet night from the Splash Brothers (combined 8-for-27, 20 points).
Bogut got his most highlight-worthy points on this alley-oop connection with Draymond Green.
But I would argue that the most impressive parts of Bogues' night were his slick passing...
... and his balls-to-the-wall hustle plays.
That first hustle play led to a shot clock violation for Cleveland, and the second one got him a bucket. It's not just empty effort; Bogey is hustling his way to making winning plays, and that's what sets him apart.
So even though his minutes might drop and small ball might come to dominate proceedings again, don't for a moment think that Bogut's gonna be discouraged and let his play drop because of that.
"I anticipate it being a small ball series. That's fine. I'll have my spots in the series where I need to come out and play a role." said Bogues in the lead up to the series.
Played it to a T, and now the Dubs are 1-0 up. Three more wins to go.
No sweat eh, Bogey?