Bogut, who has been whistled for 13 personal fouls during the first four games of the Western Conference Finals, is averaging just 14 minutes per game. He's picking them up quickly, forcing Kerr to sit him for long stretches. The coach understands the Warriors rebound better when Bogut is out there, so getting more foul-free minutes from Bogut would help the Warriors on the boards and defensively -- areas where Golden State has been weak in the series.
Valanciunas is feeling healthy enough that he'll be available to play Wednesday. However, Bismack Biyombo is expected to remain in the starting lineup and see the majority of the minutes, so any fantasy value Valanciunas may have had remains severely restricted. If the Cavaliers second unit continues to take the small-ball approach, it could be hard to find significant minutes for Valanciunas, but he should at least touch the floor at some point during Wednesday's Game 5.
Olynyk underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Monday after aggravating an existing injury in Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks. Recovery for Olynyk is said to take in the realm of five months, give or take, before he can resume contact drills. Being that Olynyk underwent surgery on Monday, that will put his tentative return at around the beginning of the 2016-17 NBA season in mid-October. Because Olynyk elected to have the offseason surgery, it means that he will not be able to suit up for the Canadian national team at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
The 24-point margin of victory enabled Mohammed to see the floor for the first time this series. The Thunder typically count on Steven Adams, Enes Kanter and Serge Ibaka to handle all the minutes at center, so Mohammed probably won't be needed to play meaningful minutes in the postseason so long as those three options remain healthy.
With Stephen Curry returning from a knee injury to suit up for each of the last six games, McAdoo has been forced to occupy one of the Warriors' two inactive spots. Unless the team suffers another major injury to a rotation player, look for McAdoo to remain inactive for the rest of the playoffs.
When asked how close he feels to 100% healthy, the center replied, "Close. I'm ready to go. Percentage wise? I don't know. My ankle doesn't say percentage." Valanciunas hasn't taken the floor the past seven games due to a sprained ankle, including Game 4 on Monday, for which he active and available. If he does play on Wednesday, he is likely to see his minutes restricted playing behind red-hot Bismack Biyombo.
Whether by design, necessity or the lingering effects of an adductor injury he suffered in the previous series against Portland, Bogut hasn't been a big piece of head coach Steve Kerr's attack during the current series. Bogut got wrangled up in foul trouble Tuesday, committing four of them which may be the cause of his limited minutes, but Kerr has been leaning on his small-ball lineup all series long. Bogut's averaging just 14 minutes per game through the first four. Given Golden State's struggles on the boards during this series -- they were outrebounded, 56-40, and gave up 16 offensive boards to the Thunder -- there's a place for Bogut's size.
The combustible Green was put on notice after his Flagrant 1 foul in Game 3 was upgraded to Flagrant 2, meaning one more will result in a one-game suspension. With that possibility looming, Green bottled up his emotions -- the joy and the frustration -- and was no longer the game-changing force we witnessed all season. In Games 3 and 4, Green shot 2-of-16 from the field with 12 points and 10 turnovers. And that usually stifling defense has become more passive. The 73-win Warriors are now on the brink as they prepare to host Game 5 on Thursday.
It's a rare night when Curry has more shot attempts than points or more turnovers (six) than assists, but the reigning MVP almost never does both of those things in the same game. It's possible his elbow is negatively affecting him, and the Thunder were extremely aggressive with their coverage of the reigning two-time MVP. As the series shifts back to Golden State for Game 5, don't expect Curry and the Warriors to go quietly into the night. However, he is clearly struggling through the first four games, with averages of 24.3 points on just 42 percent shooting to go with 5.5 assists to 4.3 turnovers, 4.5 rebounds, and two steals in 35 minutes.
Thompson carried the load for Golden State on offense, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Thunder's onslaught. Thompson got especially hot in the third quarter, but foul trouble forced him to sit out a few more minutes than he may have otherwise. With the Warriors on the brink of elimination, expect Thompson to receive heavy minutes during Game 5.