The Golden State Warriors suffered a big blow last night with the news that Andrew Bogut is going to miss the rest of the 2016 NBA Finals.
The big man underwent an MRI scan on the knee injury he suffered in game five which determined that Bogut will be out for around six to eight weeks, missing the rest of the Finals. The team confirmed the news in a statement on their website.
It is certainly a blow to the Warriors, who are looking to become back-to-back Champions, currently holding a 3-2 series lead.
According to the Warriors' team statement, the MRI that Bogut underwent revealed that the impact from his collision with Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith "resulted in bone bruises to the proximal tibia and distal femur".
The injury happened as Bogut was trying to contest a shot with Smith in the lane, with the Cavs veteran basically running into the Australian's knee. The big man went down in pain on the hardwood before gingerly getting up and was limping as he left the arena that night.
Thankfully for the 31-year-old, he won't have to undergo any surgery.
While Bogut hasn't been setting the world on fire in these Finals, averaging 3.2 points per game in the series, he is still a big defensive presence for Golden State, blocking two shots per contest on average while having a block party in game two as he recorded five of them.
That said, his role has been limited, averaging 15 minutes per game and racking up three rebounds to go along with those 3.2 points.
The Warriors have a big decision to make now. With Bogut out, how do they best shuffle their rotation to try and stop the series from going to a game five?
There are two options that Steve Kerr has at his disposal. He can either bring in Festus Ezeli to the 5-man starting team as a straight swap at center, or he can rotate Draymond Green to the five-spot and bring in defensive star Andre Iguodala to start at forward.