Bogut's focus on Cup opponents, not crowd

Andrew Bogut won't be adding to the extra noise that's following his every touch of the ball in China's basketball World Cup.

The Boomers centre has been consistently and theatrically booed by the local contingent in Dongguan, who have relished the chance to welcome the star after his cheeky crack at controversial Chinese swimmer Sun Yang on social media in July.

His tweet saying "swimmers who medal vs Sun Yang should break the podiums with hammers" drew a fierce response from the swim star's supporters.

Things haven't been so malicious this week, Bogut posing with happy local fans in the streets and, tellingly, many jeers turning to cheers when he executes a play.

But asked about his special reception after Tuesday's scratchy defeat of Senegal, Bogut wasn't about to encourage them.

"It's great, next question," he said.

"It's (the atmosphere) sensational."

The NBL's reigning MVP and former NBA title winner was more concerned with how they can counter a Lithuanian team carrying hot form into their crucial Thursday clash.

Both countries will move into the second phase of the tournament regardless of the result, where they'll likely play France and the Dominican Republic.

The top two from that group of four will earn a quarter-final appearance, but with first-round points carrying over the winner of Thursday's clash will gain a headstart.

Armed with NBA front-court weapons Jonas Valanciunas and Domantas Sabonis, Bogut will likely share the court with fellow big Aron Baynes in a clash for the ages in the southern Chinese city.

"Lithuania are probably playing the best basketball of the tournament, at least in the first game, so it'll be a tough match up," he said.

"They've got a good rotation, a bunch of different match-up problems and guys that shoot threes in the five spot.

"That puts me in a bit of a bind, and Baynes."

Bogut wasn't concerned by their slow start against Senegal, insisting the longer, athletic side hadn't found a weakness to be exploited.

"We stunk it up tonight and we're fortunate enough to get a win," he said.

"We're not there yet (at our best), nowhere near there yet."

Like in-form teammate Joe Ingles, Bogut is preaching selflessness as the key to a maiden international medal.

"You've got to adjust; you've got a lot of great players that come together," he said.

"Someone's going to get screwed out of minutes, someone's not going to play as much as they would've like, someone won't get their shots.

"You've got to buy into that, and if you put those distractions aside you've got a chance to win it.

"If you don't you'll be on a plane (home) pretty early."