OAKLAND -- Andrew Bogut said Saturday that the physical hangover from a hard, 39-minute performance in Game 6 against Denver hasn't been as bad as he expected, considering he required a painkilling injection in order to play.
"I'm feeling pretty good," he said. "I was a little sore (Friday), but I have a couple days to get the body right, and I'll be OK."
That's good news for the Warriors, because as dominant as he was Thursday in Game 6 with 14 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks, Bogut might have to be just as good or better against the San Antonio Spurs and big man Tim Duncan in the Western Conference semifinal series starting Monday.
Bogut admitted to being a fan of Duncan's for a long time, and even though the Spurs star turned 37 on April 25, Bogut doesn't see much drop-off in Duncan's performance level.
"He's one of the best-ever, a Hall of Famer and an NBA legend, and he's obviously found a fountain of youth somewhere along the line. He kind of hit a lull for a couple of years, and then all of a sudden the last couple of years, he's back to his younger form."
So how does Bogut handle a player who not only can post up but also shoot a medium-range jumper with consistency?
"I'm just going battle and try and make him work for everything," Bogut said. "He's going to get his buckets in a series. It's all about how hard he has to work."
Bogut echoes the sentiments of many who believe the Warriors have to play better than they did against the Nuggets to be a factor in the series.
"Obviously, we have that voodoo we need to break in San Antonio, but they're a great team home or away," he said. "If you have lapses like we did against Denver, to be honest, we're not going to beat this team. When they have a 10- or 15-point lead on you, that's like being behind by 30 against most teams.
"Offensively he wasn't Klay Thompson. He was out of rhythm, missed some shots, missed some shots badly," Warriors coach Mark Jackson said. "But he was engaged defensively. If you just look at that film, no matter if we needed him to defend Ty Lawson or Andre Miller or Andre Iguodala, it didn't matter. He was our defensive stopper."
The Nuggets clamped down on Thompson with their best defender, Iguodala, for much of the opening-round series, but Thompson said it was more on him than the defense.
"It's not so much how they guard me, I just have to go out and make them," said Thompson, who was 3 for 13 in Game 6 (0 for 6 from beyond the arc) and scored just seven points. "I'm just going to keep doing what I've been doing on the defensive side of the ball and hopefully the shot will start falling. It'll work out."
"At least I won't be there in a suit ... that's no fun," he said. "I'll be used for as long as I can tolerate. That may not be at all the first couple of games, it may be a minute or two. The thing I told Coach is I'll give it everything I have whenever he calls on me."
Lee, who tore his right hip flexor in Game 1 against Denver, said he feels about the same as he did before his cameo appearance in Game 6. He is continuing to get treatment and will be re-evaluated after each practice and game.
"I've said it before, it's not our history," he said. "We haven't gotten it done for two years. It's not an easy task, but we're excited about going to San Antonio and facing them. We don't play any attention to what history says, because that body of work is not our body of work."