OAKLAND -- Warriors coach Mark Jackson said he learned online that his rugged starting center was clean shaved. As it turns out, Andrew Bogut's strength wasn't in his beard.

"There were no concerns," Jackson said with a smile.

All the Warriors-related attention seems to be on the starting backcourt. But inside, Bogut has put together quite a three-game set in the Western Conference semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs. Despite playing on short rest, and battling one of the best to ever play in Tim Duncan, Bogut has been one of the Warriors' most consistent players.

"He's playing great basketball," Jackson said. "Protecting the paint, playing great defense on Tim, battling, making plays. I'm very pleased with what he's giving us. You need that type of presence to continue to be playing."

Bogut is averaging 9.0 points and 12.7 rebounds in 31 minutes per game. Most important is his defense on Duncan.

The future Hall of Famer is averaging 21.7 points and 10 rebounds. But he's shooting 44.6 percent and has totaled just five offensive rebounds in three games (his career playoff average is 3.3 offensive boards).

"That's pretty good," Bogut said. "Still room to improve. He still got a couple of easy, cheap baskets. I've just got to make him work and try to change things up on him.

"He's going to get his points because he gets so many touches. If he has to work hard for them, that's the most important thing. ... If he makes those fadeaway bank shots, and has to take four or five dribbles and make multiple moves to score, that's kind of what I want."

  • The Warriors' Stephen Curry (sprained left ankle) wasn't the only point guard who limped off the court after Game 3 Friday night. San Antonio All-Star Tony Parker did as well after sustaining a left calf injury.

    The Spurs called it a bruise. It happened in the fourth quarter when he was inadvertently kicked by Bogut.

    Parker told the San Antonio Express-News the bruise was the size of a baseball. It was enough to keep Parker out of the Spurs' practice Saturday, but he isn't expecting to miss Game 4 Sunday.

    "I just can't see myself not playing," he told reporters. "I'll definitely play."

    Team doctors didn't think Parker's injury warranted tests. But Parker, 30, said he was definitely in pain at the end of Game 3.

    "I couldn't elevate," Parker said. "My last couple shots were short. I missed my free throws. Hopefully tomorrow it will feel better."

  • Curry was in good spirits after practice Saturday. He bought the entire team, plus coaches and some Warriors' staff, a pair of expensive headphones. They received their gifts Saturday.

    Before thanking Curry, assistant coach Michael Malone pretended to interview Curry. That's when the Warriors star broke the news: "I'm going to be auditioning for 'Dancing with the Stars.' "

  • Sunday's game is the Warriors' first on network television since April 6, 2008, at New Orleans (ABC) and the team's first time ever on ESPN Radio. ... The last time Golden State played on Mother's Day was in 2007. They lost Game 4 to the Utah Jazz. ... Curry has made 34 3-pointers in these playoffs, his first ever. That's the Warriors' record for career playoff 3-pointers.