The Courier-Mail



ANDREW Bogut compares defending against a rampaging LeBron James with facing a wrecking ball.

How well Bogut and his Golden State Warriors defend against King James in the best-of-seven NBA finals series with the Cleveland Cavaliers, starting on Friday, will likely decide the champions. The four-time NBA MVP has dominated in Cleveland’s run through the playoffs, averaging 27.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 8.3 assists a game.

The Warriors have a plan that involves using their well-stocked supply of strong, athletic wing players – Draymond Green, Harrison Barnes and Andre Iguodala – on James while getting other teammates to help out.

If James breaks free, as he will do, it will be 213cm, 118kg Australian centre Bogut protecting the rim.

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