Andrew Bogut dominated Game 6 against the Denver Nuggets. When his Golden State Warriors teammates were off on their shot or on defense, he was there to bail them out with an impressive 14 point, 21 rebounds, and 4 block night.
That was against a banged up Denver Nuggets team and won't be seeing anything close to that tonight.
Bogut isn't going to be defending JaVale McGee or Kenneth Faried in the paint tonight. Those two players are good players in their own right, but depend on others to create for them. For the majority of the series, he was able to play off his man to help out and that's something he won't be able to do against Tim Duncan.
He knows this and it sounds like he's ready for the challenge.
"I'm just going battle and try and make him work for everything," Bogut said. "He's going to get his buckets in a series. It's all about how hard he has to work." (MercuryNews.com)
It seems Bogut isn't afraid to go against Duncan on the floor. Duncan has averaged 22.7ppg and 12rpg against Golden State this season in 34mpg. That was during the regular season and not during the playoffs where Duncan is determined to get his fifth ring.
Bogut sounds determined to play well against the Spurs, but he should be a little worried of the Spurs. The team's depth will be a difficult task for Bogut, especially if Tim gets rest after building up a lead.
If Duncan plays like he has so far n the playoffs, Bogut might not be able to make it hard for him to score.