J.R. Smith calls collision that injured Andrew Bogut a ‘basketball play,’ Bogut isn’t so sure

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The war of words between the Warriors and Cavaliers continues, though this time it’s a little more implicit.

Andrew Bogut suffered a season-ending knee injury when J.R. Smith barreled into him in Game 5, and Bogut isn’t ready to absolve Smith.

Diamond Leung of The Mercury News:

Asked if the collision with the Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith that caused a season-ending knee injury was a basketball play, Andrew Bogut said he didn’t know.

“I don’t know how he fell and all that, but tough for interpretation,” Bogut said Thursday before Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

“I blocked his shot,” Bogut said. “Somehow he cannon-balled right into my shin with his shoulder. It was painful.”

“I fell slow to the ground, and he went down,” Smith said. “It’s a basketball play. It’s not like I’m out there trying to take his legs out.”

Smith was falling to the floor, and his natural course easily could’ve taken him into Bogut’s legs. Did Smith aim for Bogut’s knee? Could Smith have avoided Bogut’s knee and not done so? Either is possible. But so is this just being unfortunate circumstance.

I haven’t seen anything that would lead me to accuse Smith of wrongdoing.