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Aussies in the NBA Playoffs: It's all about Bogey's boards
It looks like the Warriors might still have a shot at moving into the second round with a clean sweep. The team obtained a 97-87 victory over the Pelicans tonight, going 2-0 in this series.
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After a poor 17-28 showing in the first quarter, Golden State opted to go small for significant stretches of the game, and rallied behind a hot-shooting lineup that featured Draymond Green at the center spot. Despite being matched against a bigger Davis (and rolling his ankle twice), Green's ability to run the break and hit the three caused problems for New Orleans' defense.
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Bogut did most of his damage tonight on the glass, nabbing 14 rebounds overall. His four offensive boards definitely helped secure a decisive edge for the Warriors when it came to keeping possessions alive.
He also scored 5 points on 2 of 5 shooting, made 2 assists, along with 3 blocks and a steal. Check out this late game sequence of Curry driving into a trap that could have resulted in a Davis block. The resourceful guard however, managed to thread a pass that resulted in an emphatic Bogut dunk.
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What can I say, Chef Curry's cookin'! It's up to the Warriors to make sure they close this out on the road, and avoid a prolonged battle.
Golden State and New Orleans face off in Game 3 on Friday, April 24 at 11:30 AM.