Warriors’ Bogut: ‘We’re the Top Dog Now’
Andrew Bogut said this was coming. Inferior teams looking up at Golden State would bring their best against the Warriors. The answer, Bogut said, is to “step on their throat” and crush their hopes.
Wednesday, Golden State had the Kings on the mat, leading by as much as 17. But there was no neck-stepping. Instead, the Warriors blew that lead and lost the preseason game, 91-90.
This one had a midseason feel to it. Hard fouls. Rampant trash talk. Emotional runs. Even a flagrant foul. And when it was all said and done, the Warriors succumbed.
A good preseason lesson or a weakness exposed?
“A hard lesson learned,” Bogut said after totaling 12 points, five rebounds and four assists. “We’re the top dog now. Teams are going to come after us … especially teams that aren’t supposed to beat us on paper, they’re going to give us their best shot. If we don’t come to play — especially against a free-flowing team like Sacramento who gets up and down, shoots a lot of threes — it’s going to be a tough game.”