Andrew Bogut got into a verbal back-and-forth with JaVale McGee in Game 3 of the Golden State Warriors' first-round series against the Denver Nuggets, but it's safe to say the Aussie center had the last word in Game 4, as he thundered home a massive right-handed slam on McGee's head.
The Nuggets had been sending two defenders at the Warriors point guards throughout the series, and the story was the same in the early going of Game 4. Bogut had been serving as a capable safety valve in the first quarter, receiving the ball at the elbow and moving it to open shooters or cutters as Denver's defense scrambled to recover.
But in this instance, he decided to handle things himself.
Sam Amick of USA Today noted that the play took care of the unfinished business between Bogut and McGee:
Since JaVale wouldn't do as he was told from Game 3, turns out Bogut hit him on the chin in the end.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 29, 2013
Then, Brian Geltzeiler of Sheridan Hoops said what Warriors fans had known for the past couple of weeks: Bogut was starting to look like himself again.
In this series, Andrew Bogut has been everything the Warriors thought they were getting when they traded for him and more....— Brian Geltzeiler (@hoopscritic) April 29, 2013
Still, there were some among the uninitiated that hadn't seen this version of Bogut before, like the good people over at Hardwood Paroxysm:
We haven't seen this Bogut in.... ever. We've never seen this Bogut.— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) April 29, 2013
How dare you, sir? Please refresh your memory here.
Perhaps most appropriately, Bogut's massive slam came on the day that Monta Ellis—the man he was traded for last spring—was quietly swept out of the postseason. Shortsighted Dubs fans spent the end of last year booing owner Joe Lacob and lamenting the loss of their beloved undersized guard.
How's that trade looking now?
With all this noise, it's hard to hear the people saying the Bogut for Ellis trade was a bad idea— Ray Ratto (@RattoCSN) April 29, 2013
Well put, Mr. Ratto. Well put.