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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Jermaine O'Neal steps up big for injured Andrew Bogut, Warriors win in thriller


By on 4/19/2014 06:41:00 PM

The Golden State Warriors were without their starting center Andrew Bogut for game one against the Clippers due to a rib injury. But backup Jermaine O'Neal made a big impact to help his Warriors get the 109-105 victory.

O'Neal started the game and put 25 minutes of solid basketball. He scored 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, including three key offensive rebounds. O'Neal also helped foul out Blake Griffin, which may have been a deciding factor in the game. Power forward David Lee outplayed the Clippers down in the post, scoring 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting with 13 rebounds in 36 minutes played.

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It is unlikely Bogut will return for this post-season as his current injury could lead to more severe ramifications. Look for O'Neal to continue to get the start at center, with Draymond Green and Harrison Barnes picking up a lot of minutes off the bench.

Game two of the series will be played on Monday night at the Staples Center before they head to Oakland for games three and four.

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