During Game 5 on Monday night, Bogut suffered a knee sprain while contesting a shot by J.R. Smith. He came down on it awkwardly and had to leave the game at the start of the third quarter.
Now, his fate has been sealed for the remainder of the Finals, and it’s bad news for the Dubs.
Hearing Andrew Bogut will not require surgery, but projected recovery time will take him out for rest of Finals.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) June 15, 2016
Here’s the official statement from Golden State:
Andrew Bogut Update: pic.twitter.com/ObjcC9zsNM
— Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) June 15, 2016
While the Warriors can find some solace in the fact that Bogut won’t have to go under the knife, it’s a tough break to lose him for the rest of this tough series with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In the 2015 Finals, Bogut was mostly relegated to the bench against the Cavs in favor of a smaller lineup and David Lee, causing all sorts of matchup problems for Cleveland. While Golden State has still gone small quite often this year, Bogut has played a much bigger role in challenging stars like LeBron James and Kyrie Irving as they drive through the paint.
Here’s the play where Bogut suffered his Finals-ending injury:
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