OAKLAND The Warriors made it official on Wednesday with apress release that center Andrew Bogut wouldnt accompany the team on theirupcoming three-game road trip.In addition, the team said that Bogut would spend the nextseveral days in Los Angeles, where he will continue his rehabilitation underthe supervision of Dr. Richard Ferkel.Bogut fractured his left ankle in January and hadarthroscopic surgery on it in April. The surgery was peformed byFerkel.Ferkel also was the person who set a 20-minute playingrestriction on Bogut, which he was following until the team decided to shut himdown on Nov. 8.The Warriors anticipate Bogut will return to the Bay Areaearly next week and continue various on-court activities. The Warriors play atMinnesota on Friday, at Oklahoma City on Sunday and at Dallas onMonday.The Warriors next game after that is on Nov. 21, againstthe Brooklyn Nets at Oracle Arena.Still, the team maintained there is no timetable for Bogutsreturn to full-fledged practices or game action. His progress will continue tobe evaluated and monitored by the teams medical staff.
The Warriors possess four 2017 All-Stars, three 2017 All-NBA team members and had the highest-scoring offense during the offense. They are 12-0 this postseason and have won those 12 games by an average of 16.3 points.
The Celtics lost All-NBA point guard Isaiah Thomas for the rest of the postseason and don't have another All-Star on the roster.
But for Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, it sounds like he has an easier time scheming to defend the Warriors.
"The stuff (the Celtics are) running, it's harder to defend than Golden State's (offense) for me, as far as the actions and all the running around and all the guys who are making all the plays, so it's a totally different thing. Like, they hit the post, Golden State runs splits and all that stuff but these guys are running all kinds of (stuff). And Brad's (Stevens) got them moving and cutting and playing with pace and everybody is a threat," Lue said Wednesday, according to Cleveland.com.
The Cavs rallied to beat the Celtics in Game 4 on Tuesday night to take a 3-1 series lead in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Despite the commanding series lead, Lue isn't looking ahead of a potential NBA Finals matchup with the Warriors.
"You can't. As much as you want to, it's not over," Lue told reporters.
The Cavs have a chance to wrap up the Eastern Conference Finals on Thursday when they face the Celtics in Boston.
The NBA Finals begin June 1 in Oakland.
The Warriors led the NBA in offensive rating (113.2) during the regular season.
The Warriors are second in the league in offensive rating (115.8) in the playoffs.
Scoring is not an issue.
But will we see the Warriors run more pick-and-roll in the NBA Finals, specifically the Steph Curry-Kevin Durant combination?
"Steve (Kerr) isn't really into this much," interim head coach Mike Brown told ESPN's Zach Lowe. "He's more about spacing and movement -- and that's fantastic. I love Steve, and wherever I might go, I'm going to incorporate a lot of stuff he does.
"But in the playoffs, sometimes you have to attack a mismatch. When I need a bucket, that's what I'm going to do."
Mr. Kerr -- your response?
"Mike is right about me, but I also recognize the need to do it more as defenses get tougher," Kerr told ESPN. "It's about finding the right balance between isolating when we need to, and keeping the flow that makes us who we are."
Steph Curry averaged 6.1 pick-and-roll possessions per game -- 28th in the NBA.
That number is up to 7.5 per game in the playoffs.
“I think we’re still at our best when we’re simple about what we’re doing,” Curry recently told Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group. “Whether it’s pick-and-roll and you’ve got everybody spaced. You’ve got shooters where they need to be. You’ve got the dive man where he needs to be with space to put pressure on the rim.
"You’ve got a ball-handler playmaker with it that can come off and shoot it, get a bucket. Sometimes it doesn’t need to be more complex than that. We’ve got the awareness that, that needs to happen.”