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Andrew Bogut’s Warriors career consists of eight games in uniform, but he’s well aware of the team’s recent history -- including the current eight-game losing streak against the Memphis Grizzlies.
Bogut will be back in uniform Friday as the Warriors look for their first win against Memphis since Nov. 3, 2010 and try to halt their current two-game skid.
“The most important thing is that we haven’t beaten this team or played well against this team for a number of years as a franchise,” Bogut said on the Jim Rome Show Friday morning, “and I think that’s been a talking point for us the past couple of days.”
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The last time Golden State (30-19) beat Memphis, it overcame 35 points from Rudy Gay, who was they key piece in a six-player trade on Jan. 31 which sent him to Toronto. In exchange, the Grizzlies acquired forward Ed Davis from the Raptors and Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince from Detroit.
Bogut didn’t sound convinced Memphis (30-18) got better with the deal.
“They’ve made a couple of moves – for better or for worse – but they’ve been a tough matchup for us, even before I got here, for the last three or four years,” he told Rome. “We haven’t had much success against the Grizzlies, but hopefully that changes tonight.”
Since adding the three new players, Memphis has gone 1-2 with a win over Washington and losses to Phoenix and Atlanta.
After starting the current four-game road trip with lopsided loss to Houston (140-109) and Oklahoma City (119-98), Bogut said the young team is in uncharted territory.
“It’s been tough. We haven’t been in a situation where we’ve been absolutely smashed two games in a row because we’ve had a lot of success this season,” he said. “The Rockets game was unbelievable, I’ve never been a part of an NBA game where a team shot the ball so well and we give all the credit in the world to Houston.”
In that game, Houston tied an NBA record with 23 3-pointers. Rebounding the next night at Oklahoma City proved to be a lost cause.
“Whenever you go off a tough game like that and you go into Oklahoma City, which I think is the toughest place to play in the league right now -- fan wise and with their roster,” Bogut said. “They just beat us up and down the floor all night.”
According to Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle, coach Mark Jackson said at Friday’s shootaround that veteran guard Jarrett Jack will sit out his second consecutive game with a bruised shoulder and hip, which he injured against the Rockets.