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Bogut returns, looks pretty good. Warriors just got better.

Jan 29, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT

Golden State had been getting pretty good production from their big men this season — David Lee is an All-Star averaging 19.6 points and 10.8 rebonds a game, Carl Landry has come off the bench to the tune of 12 points a game on 52.8 percent shooting, plus 6.7 boards a contest.

But they still lacked a traditional big and that had some questioning what would happen to them in the playoffs. Golden State had struggled in recent games to stop second chance points.

Everyone, meet Andrew Bogut.

The Australian big man returned from off-season ankle surgery Monday night and showed some of the deft touch and interior defense that had him quietly as a player GMs coveted before his severe elbow then ankle injuries. He had 12 points, 8 rebounds and four blocks in near 24 minutes of action. He quickly fit in to a good Warriors offense and things looked smooth, on defense he provided a real presence in the paint and on the boards.

Here is what he said afterward, via

“I thanked the coaches before the game for being patient with this; it’s been a frustrating time for me,” Bogut said after the game. “It’s been hell for two months. The fans out there, it’s been tough on everybody and the last thing I wanted to do was be sitting out with an injury. I feel like it’s almost there. I’m back out on the floor and I’m excited.”

If he is back and integrated (and if Stephen Curry can stay healthy) the Warriors are going to be a tough out in the playoffs. They could face someone like the Clippers, Grizzlies or Nuggets in the first round and whoever gets them is going to have a real chore to advance.

  1. gswgoboom - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    It’s not that the Warriors will be a tough out…it’s that there are only two teams that can take them in a 7 game series now (OKC and SA). Warriors GO BOOM!

    • Kurt Helin - Jan 29, 2013 at 12:49 PM


      • irishfan109 - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        They beat the Clippers 3 out of 4 times, and pretty convincingly for the most part. I think they would get the Clips in a 7-game series.

    • gotchangeforadollar - Jan 29, 2013 at 3:38 PM

      Keep telling yourself that buddy. The Grizz have beaten them twice this season on their home floor. Considering the fact that the Grizz will likely be the four seed and the Warriors the fifth, I think their chances aren’t all that great.

      • gswgoboom - Jan 29, 2013 at 6:00 PM

        Bogut is back now. Inside advantage is minimized. Grizzlies get owned. Warriors go BOOM!

  2. cosanostra71 - Jan 29, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    He needs to prove he can stay healthy but it certainly makes them better if he does.

  3. nygdriveforfive - Jan 29, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Not sure how great he looked giving up career high points to Arron Grey.

  4. bknowledge - Jan 29, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    I’d like to see the Celtics trade KG to a contender….Golden State or San Antonio maybe…

    Garnett and Jeff Green to Golden State for Richard Jefferson and Andris Biedrinis and a first round pick in 2013 (won’t be a lottery pick)…

    Garnett and Jeff Green and Barbosa for Stephen Jackson/Tiago Splitter/Dejuan Blair/N. de Colo…

    Both these trades pretty much completely clear Boston’s cap space by the end of next year…

    Celts could throw in these guys also…Barbosa/Courtney Lee/Terry/Bass…

  5. badintent - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:22 PM

    In Califonia
    GS is Numero uno !
    Clippers segundo
    Lakers third
    Kings coming on the Lakers’ arse

  6. badintent - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    After all , we are talking about Blanche. Would you ? intervene ? LOL

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