CLEVELAND, Ohio — Golden State center Andrew Bogut will need six to eight weeks to recover from a left knee injury, ruling him out for the remainder of the NBA Finals.
The Warriors are calling it an “impaction injury” that resulted in serious bone bruises. The team says Bogut won’t need surgery.
Bogut was hurt Sunday night about 90 seconds into the third quarter when he blocked a shot by Cleveland‘s J.R. Smith, then landed awkwardly.
It’s a major blow to Golden State’s defensive scheme. Bogut blocked five shots in Game 2 of the finals.
Without Bogut, it’s likely that Draymond Green — who missed Game 5 of the finals because of a suspension for accruing too many flagrant foul points during the playoffs — could spend a significant amount of time in Game 6 at center.