Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut has been ruled out for the rest of the NBA Finals with a knee injury, officially diagnosed as bone bruises and a knee sprain, according to a press release from the Warriors. The injury occurred after Bogut blocked a layup attempt by J.R. Smith which resulted in Smith rolling onto Bogut’s knee. He fell to the floor in agonizing pain, and his teammates helped him into the locker room.
On top of being done for the Finals, Bogut’s recovery is expected to take 6-8 weeks. Fortunately, surgery is not needed.
The Warriors will certainly miss Bogut’s presence even though he doesn’t see a lot of action. He’s averaging just 16.6 minutes this postseason due to Golden State playing small for a majority of the time, and because he’s constantly in foul trouble — per 36 minutes, he’s at 7.1 fouls. In regular minutes, he’s averaging 3.3 fouls, along with 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks while being a huge body to protect the paint.
Another of his biggest downsides is that he’s not very athletic and has issues covering the pick-and-roll, which the Cavaliers expose when they give Kyrie Irving a screen at the top of the key. Nine times out of ten, he beats Bogut to the spot, and he’s unable to recover.
It wouldn’t be a shock to see the Warriors go small from the start, and start Andre Iguodala in his place. This injury also gives Anderson Varejao, Festus Ezeli, and James Michael McAdoo more opportunity for minutes.