OAKLAND -- Upset about what he perceived as the media twisting his pregame comments about Andrew Bogut's injury status and indicating there was a problem in his locker room, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Monday after a 123-80 thrashing of Philadelphia that no such issue existed.
Bogut said before the game, after hearing about Jackson's comment that his left shoulder inflammation might have been caused by sleeping, that it was "absolutely ridiculous." Bogut explained he had suffered a bone bruise in his left shoulder playing against Utah last month. Jackson said the two later spoke and that "it's nothing."
"It's a fun time," Jackson said with a laugh after the Warriors got a career-high 32 points out of backup big man Marreese Speights with Bogut and Jermaine O'Neal sidelined. "I mean, we are 10 games over .500. Some of you (media) guys haven't seen that in a long, long time, so keep on acting like you have. We are going to work our tails off and continue to try to be a good basketball team and celebrate how far we've come and how much further we've got to go."
Speights induced smiles on the sideline, standing ovations in the stands, and even MVP chants at Oracle Arena as the 76ers suffered their second embarrassing loss in two nights.
The Warriors led by as many as 49 points with the 6-foot-10 former 76er Speights stepping forward to make 12 of 15 field goal attempts while adding eight rebounds and three blocks.
Before the game, Bogut wasn't thrilled. He hurt the shoulder while playing Jan. 31 in a win at Utah, began getting sore the day after and played through the discomfort in Tuesday's loss to Charlotte. He said he woke up in pain the following day and thought, "It's really killing me." An MRI exam later revealed a bone bruise and swelling, Bogut said.
"It's gotten worse and worse, so I just wanted to address it," said Bogut, who because of the shoulder has missed three games after being sidelined 50 games last season with various injuries. "The sleeping comment is absolutely ridiculous. I don't know where it came from."
"It's definitely not the case I just woke up, slept on my shoulder wrong and have a bone bruise and swelling in my shoulder from sleeping. Very highly unlikely, I believe."
Jackson said before the game he did not know how Bogut got hurt before offering these comments:
"As far as I know, it was not on the court," Jackson said. "It wasn't in practice. It wasn't in a game. I'm not really sure. It may have been sleeping, and I say that in all seriousness, but it's important for us to make sure we continue to treat him, it's legitimate, and then let's be smart with it. We're looking ahead at a whole week of rest and recovery, and we need him."
Jackson blamed the media for making it seem like he took a shot at Bogut.
"I understand how you can make it much more appealing and go for the home run," he said. "But in three years, in the 23-win season, I didn't throw anybody under the bus. And you can wait and wait and wait. And it won't happen here until somebody else is sitting here. That's not my M.O., and contrary to the choir, it won't be my M.O. I believe in every one of my guys, and I'm proud of what we've been able to do, and I'll go down being me. I can't be anybody else."
O'Neal missed the game because of right wrist inflammation, leaving a banged-up David Lee (sprained shoulder, strained hip) to return to the lineup at center and come through with 13 points and 13 rebounds. Speights gave the Warriors a performance to remember, earning MVP chants from the crowd with his play.
"That was so funny, I started laughing," said Speights, who made his first seven field goal attempts and had a season-high 22 points by halftime.
Stephen Curry added 23 points and eight assists, getting a late-game rest as the Warriors emptied their bench.
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