Throughout the course of the playoffs, a select group of Warriors bloggers has offered their opinion on several questions facing the team in the Bloggers Roundtable. Today, we get some one-on-one action with WarriorsWorld's Ethan Sherwood Strauss, whose work frequently appears on ESPN.com.
Ethan Sherwood Strauss | WarriorsWorld | @SherwoodStrauss
It's Andrew Bogut, mostly because we don't care about big men enough. We're biased towards tall people in all facets of life--they get paid more, tend to date earlier, etc. Basketball is the exception, where fans lavish praise on smaller players while resentfully slighting the big men as "soft" or worse. Anyway, Bogut has been absolutely essential to Golden State. With Lee out, GSW can only make smallball work if their center provides enough defensively to compensate for a lack of paint presence. So far, the Aussie has been magnificently mobile around the basket.
The Nuggets should repeat much of what they did last game. Expect aggressive trapping near mid court, and expect Ty Lawson in a lot of screen-and-roll situations. The one difference is that Denver's offense might operate a little more cohesively as they adjust to the crowd noise.
It exceded my expectations. I couldn't hear referee whistles--something that has never happened in my three years of attending games. From what I gathered, many of the players also couldn't hear those whistles, along with called out play sets and defensive communication. It was just a constant torrent of sound, rising and crashing on top of my head. I'm not even sure the Warriors' execution benefits from such a loud fervor, but the collective crazy is just so cool to behold. I wouldn't want it any other way.
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