The Golden State Warriors lost the last game in the 2016 NBA Finals and failed to win the title at home. The defending champs also lost center Andrew Bogut, who suffered a knee injury in Game 4 and is reportedly not suiting up for the Warriors for the rest of the series.
Game 6 of the Warriors vs. Cavaliers series is on Thursday in Cleveland, where LeBron James and Kyrie Irving look to tie the series after they won 112-97 at Golden State last Monday.
Bogut started in Game 5 but played just 8 minutes and had 3 rebounds and 3 blocks. Golden State’s big man went down near the start of the third quarter and had a sprained knee. Bogut collided with Cavs shooting guard J.R. Smith in the play where the Australian was injured.
The Warriors announced on Wednesday that Bogut will miss the rest of the series as their center is out six to eight weeks, according to ESPN.
LeBron James was blamed for Draymond Green’s suspension in the previous game and his Cavs get lucky again as the Warriors lose their best defensive big man.
Bogut will not need surgery on his injured knee but he was a vital piece for the Warriors in the playoffs and against the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals for his defense. Without Bogut, the Warriors are expected to use backup center Festus Ezeli more in Game 6 and can even start him.
However, the Warriors can also immediately use their small ball and start Andre Iguodala again for the next game. Harrison Barnes, Draymond Green, who returns from his one-game suspension, Iguodala and Ezelie are all expected to step up defensively with Bogut out of the NBA Finals.
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