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Andrew Bogut credits beer for improved condition in Warriors return

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Andrew Bogut credits beer for improved condition in Warriors return

How many NBA centers can go coast-to-coast, dribble behind their back and convert a floater over another massive human, all while on the run?

After the Warriors' bounce-back victory over the Pistons on Sunday, it's safe to say there's at least one, and his name is Andrew Bogut.

That's the new and improved Andrew Bogut. The one that last played for the Warriors in 2015-16, well, let's just say he wasn't as agile back then.

So, what changed?

Beer, apparently.

"I don’t feel much different and I haven’t changed anything specific diet-wise," Bogut told The Athletic's Ethan Strauss. "Honestly, man, when I go back to Australia, I introduce a whole lot more beer to my diet. So maybe that worked. I have one or two beers with the family at night."

Now, before you get excited thinking you've found the new perfect diet just for you, Bogut has some sobering news for you:

It wasn't just the beer.

No, Bogut ascribed several reasons for his improved condition in his recent return to Golden State, many of which are related to the far less demanding playing schedule he had as a member of the Sydney Kings back in his native Australia, where the regular season consists of 28 games over a six-month stretch.

"It was much different,” Bogut said of the lighter schedule. “Sometimes we played once a week, sometimes twice, always on weekends. On the basketball side, everyone knows you get more rest. But I benefited from just being with my kids, knowing I’m going to be with them Monday through Thursday."

So, shorten the season and everyone will benefit, right?

[RELATED: Steph explains importance of regular-season finish to Dubs]

It's not that simple, as Bogut explained.

"Well, the quality of the games would definitely be higher,” Bogut told Strauss. “But, at the end of the day, your salaries would be much less. One of the harsh realities of why we’re some of the best paid in the world is because we play so many games. You’re going to get a lot of push back from players because their salaries are going to drop."

Alas, you can't have your cake and eat it too.

But your beer, on the other hand ... 

Warriors vs. Clippers Game 4 Watch Guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

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Warriors vs. Clippers Game 4 Watch Guide: Lineups, injuries, player usage

LOS ANGELES – With a 2-1 series lead, the Warriors take the court Sunday afternoon for Game 4 against the Clippers in which one matchup likely will dictate the direction of the game and the series.

It’s not necessarily Kevin Durant vs. Patrick Beverley. Durant hit the jets on Beverley in Game 3, putting an end to the myth they were waging a battle.

[RELATED: How to watch Warriors vs. Clippers Game 4 live online]

The more impactful matchup is that between Andre Iguodala and Los Angeles scoring whiz Lou Williams – and it surely will be a topic during pregame coverage on NBC Sports Bay Area beginning with Warriors Outsiders at 11 a.m., followed by SNC Playoff Central. Tipoff of the ABC telecast begins at 12:30 p.m.

For the Clippers to have a reasonable chance to win, Williams must produce. When he scored in 36 points on 59-percent shooting in Game 2, LA won by four. When he scored 16 on 36-percent shooting in Game 3, the Warriors won by 27.

For roughly 80 percent of Williams’ playing time in Game 3, he was shadowed by Iguodala – the two were teammates for seven seasons in Philadelphia – who occasionally got help. With Iguodala containing Williams and Draymond Green’s stifling No. 2 scorer Danilo Gallinari, the Clippers were limited on offense.

A repeat of that practically ensures a Warriors victory, giving them a 3-1 series lead going into Game 4 Wednesday in Oakland.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Warriors
F Kevin Durant
F Draymond Green
C Andrew Bogut
G Klay Thompson
G Stephen Curry

Clippers
F Patrick Beverley
F Danilo Gallinari
C Ivaca Zubac
G Landry Shamet
G Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

INJURY REPORT

Warriors: C DeMarcus Cousins (L quadriceps tear) and C Damian Jones (L pectoral surgery) are listed as out.

Clippers: No injuries listed.

ROTATION OUTLOOK

Warriors: Durant’s massive Game 3 performance raised the ceiling of the Warriors and could pay dividends for teammates Curry and Thompson in Game 4. More attention on Durant could mean space for the guards.

Kevon Looney and Iguodala have been very good off the bench, with Looney’s playing at high efficiency and Iguodala delivering at both ends. Looney’s success is a bit surprising in that he can’t match the athleticism of LA reserve big man Montrezl Harrell but still has become a problem for the Clippers.

The initial insertion of Bogut at starting center was something of an experiment, with the belief he could match up with Zubac and the hope he could counteract Harrell’s energy. It’s working, for the most part and is not likely to change.

Clippers: Harrell has been their most consistently effective player. He’s averaging 22 ppg (76.5 percent FG) and 6.3 rpg. The Williams-Harrell pick-and-roll had been an issue but was less effective in Game 3.

The Clippers have KD problem and there’s no easy answer for Clippers coach Doc Rivers. The strategy of using Beverley, who gives up at least eight inches in height, is designed to make Durant uncomfortable and limit his off-the-dribble action. Screens consistently freed Durant in Game 3, so it will be interesting to see what, if any, adjustment is made.

[RELATED: Kerr believes Iguodala can play as long as he wants, but will he?]

Gallinari’s 2-of-13 shooting in Game 3 puts him at 14-of-44 (31.8 percent). As the best scorer in LA’s starting lineup, it’s imperative he generate some offense. They’ll look to get more out of Shamet, their designated shooter. With Thompson and Curry doing most of the defensive work, Shamet is averaging 7.0 points (30 percent FG).

Officials: Tony Brothers (crew chief), Sean Wright, Brent Barnaky. Alternate: Tre Maddox.

Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 4 live online

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Warriors vs. Clippers live stream: Watch NBA playoffs Game 4 live online

The Warriors were back to their dominant selves in Game 3 of the NBA playoffs, and on this Easter Sunday, they look to take a resounding 3-1 first-round series lead. 

After taking a 31-point lead in Game 2, the Warriors fell asleep before responding in Game 3. But for Game 4, the Dubs aren't worried about taking a step back.

Sunday will be an early start, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. PT. The Warriors are down two centers, with DeMarcus Cousins and Damian Jones ruled out.

Here's how you can watch Warriors-Clippers Game 4 on ABC, as well as NBC Sports Bay Area's "SNC: Warriors Playoff Central" pregame and postgame coverage live on the MyTeams by NBC Sports app.

When: 12:30 p.m. PT on Sunday, April 21, on ABC (pregame show starts on NBC Sports Bay Area Plus at 11:30 a.m.)
Pregame/postgame show live stream: MyTeams by NBC Sports app
Game live stream: WatchESPN