When the Warriors started the season 2-6 and Ekpe Udoh had only four blocked shots in nearly 142 minutes, the second-year forward said the media needed to hold him accountable.

Now that the Warriors have won three straight games, during which Udoh has blocked nine shots, the media needs to give him some praise.

The soft-spoken 6-foot-10, 240-pounder would never admit it, but he's playing at a game-altering level. His basket with 35.9 seconds left was the Warriors' lone field goal in the final 5:42 of Monday's win over Phoenix, and he had an important block of Markieff Morris' layup attempt down the stretch.