CLEVELAND — If you’re looking for a bright side, Andrew Bogut will not need surgery.
But after a collision that left the Austrailian big man rolling around on the ground grabbing his knee, it was hard to expect him back in these NBA Finals.
After reports leaked out a little before (broken by David Aldridge of TNT/NBA.com) the Warriors have made it official: Bogut is out for the remainder of the NBA Finals. From the official press release:
Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who suffered a significant impaction injury to his left nee during Monday’s Game 5 of the NBA Finals, underwent an MRI yesterday in the Bay Area. The MRI revealed the impact resulted in bone bruises to the proximal tibia and distal femur. He traveled with the team to Cleveland for Game 6, but due to the remaining length of the NBA Finals and expected recovery time, a minimum of 6-8 weeks, he will miss the remainder of the series. The injury will not require surgery and he is expected to make a full recovery.
This will force Steve Kerr to alter his starting lineup, where Bogut has been a fixture.
There have been calls for him to start Andre Iguodala over Bogut for a while now — why waste time, go straight to the death lineup, when Draymond Green is at center the Warriors are +51 this series — but Kerr has resisted that up to now. He could start Festus Ezeli or Anderson Varejao (a little dig at the Cavs if he does the latter), but even if he goes that route expect the Warriors to go small early and stay small for much of Game 6.