Everybody knows Steph Curry makes a lot of three-pointers. More than anybody ever. And those attempts where he’s wide open with an era to get his feet set? Bang. So Warriors center Andrew Bogut raising his hand and running back on defense before Curry’s shot goes in (video below) is really just sensible, right? But is it also too cocky? The Warriors have every right (except for Sunday’s anomaly in LA) to feel unstoppable. They’re tearing it up and they’re the defending champs.
But while Bogut’s move can be interpreted simply as great faith in his teammate, it can be seen as irresponsible absurdity, too. A 7-footer making millions a year is supposed to fight for any offensive rebound possible, not lead the cheers. And Curry does miss — more half his shots in fact. (Curry is shooting .461% from 3-points this season.) So it looks like a cool move. But deep down coach Steve Kerr knows his old teammate Michael Jordan would have ripped Bogut for this showmanship. The game was on — and it was close. Kerr will have to find a way to encourage the Warriors’ utter confidence but also keep “too cocky” out of the formula for a repeat run. Bet Bogut doesn’t make a habit of early celebration. Then again, there’s Bogut doing this: