Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut is in danger of missing the rest of the games in the 2016 NBA Finals after suffering a left knee sprain in the third quarter of Game 5 against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night.
The incident happened when Warriors center Andrew Bogut and Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith collided as they positioned themselves for a rebound. Smith accidentally hit Bogut in the leg when he fell down. Bogut was seen in extreme pain and was given an immediate attention as soon as the play was halted.
“It would have been nice to have him available, but we played four, five different people at center, just trying to find something that would work,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s unfortunate. Hopefully, he’s OK. We need him.”
The Golden State Warriors were obviously affected by the absence of Draymond Green after being suspended in Game 4. Their struggle continued when Bogut left the court due to injury and never came back.
Andrew Bogut is badly needed the rest of the series since the Warriors have limited big man who can match the height of the Cavaliers’. According to the team, Bogut’s injury was a sprain and they were delaying further testing in order for the injury to calm down.
The injury may affect not only the NBA Finals but also the upcoming Olympic games where Andrew Bogut is part of the Australia’s Olympic squad. Cavalier guard Matthew Dellavedova said that the Australia’s Olympic squad really needs Bogut since Ben Simmons chose not play because of the upcoming NBA draft.
“He just brings so much to the game on both ends, he’s just a real smart basketball player,’’ Dellavedova said of Bogut. “A great teammate, he talks on defence and can do a lot more on offence … I’m just hoping he’s okay.”
Game 6 of the NBA Finals will be on Thursday night at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.
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