Andrew Bogut writes exclusively for Yahoo Sport Australia about where it went wrong in Game 4, criticism of Steph Curry, and the unsung hero the Warriors need to stop.
Our loss in Game 4 was obviously a tough one. We felt like we didn’t play particularly well in both Game 3 or Game 4.
But in saying that we were still in a good position to steal Game 4 late.
They came out with a lot of energy and were much more physical than us, but as well as they played and as bad as we were we still had a shot to win the game late.
So that’s a positive sign for us. We still have home court advantage and it’s still 2-2.
We felt like our effort was up and down through different times of Game 4 and that’s something we need to improve on going into Game 5.
But it’s far from panic stations and we’re still confident we can win the series.
We’ll look at some film and have a shootaround tomorrow and should be good to go.
My role has decreased in the last couple of games but I’m feeling fine.
I can’t expect to play every game because it’s a different series to the Clippers series.
The Rockets go small a lot and don’t play a traditional big man so my strengths are hindered a little bit.
We stayed small for most of Game 4 which is what’s been successful for us for the last five of six years.
Criticism of Curry and contract rumours
I have no doubt Steph Curry is about to bounce back.
We’ve seen this plenty of times from Steph where he has a couple of bad games in a row, but all it takes is one breakthrough game for people to remember who he is.
In all the games where he’s accused of being horrible he still makes huge shots.
He hasn’t shot the ball as well as he usually does but we have no concerns about him.
He’s as resilient a guy as I’ve ever seen and that’s how he treats his bad games.
We don’t talk about the gossip around contracts and trades and that sort of stuff – that’s the media’s job.
We all cop positive and negative headlines at times but when we’re around each other we don’t discuss those things.
The Rockets’ unsung hero
We’ve been outmuscled a bit physically over the last few games. They’ve done a great job of pushing us out of our sets.
Guys like PJ Tucker have had a very influential role.
Everyone looks at James Harden, Chris Paul and Eric Gordon but Tucker has been their unsung hero.
He’s made huge plays for them and grabbed some massive offensive rebounds and done a good job of guarding Kevin Durant.
So he’s a guy that we need to match in intensity – if we do that he shouldn’t be as effective as he is.