In first game with Cavaliers, Andrew Bogut fractured left tibia

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UPDATE: The Cavaliers announced that X-rays have shown a fractured left tibia on Andrew Bogut.

The team has not announced a timetable for a recovery, but traditionally this takes at least three months. That timeline would have him back by the start of the Finals, at the earliest, although more likely he is done until next season. This is a setback for the Cavaliers, who were counting on him to provide quality front line depth off the bench.

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This is a very unfortunate turn of events.

In his first time on the court with his new team in Cleveland, Andrew Bogut closed out on Miami’s Okaro White, who did the right thing and put the ball on the floor and tried to drive past him. However, White’s knee hit Bogut clean in the shin.

Bogut went to the ground grabbing his leg, clearly in a lot of pain. He had to be helped back to the locker room and could not put any weight on it.

He’s not returning to this game, with the team starting the X-ray and MRI process.

Hopefully, this is not as bad as it appeared, but it certainly seems possible Bogut has a fractured leg. If so, that is a setback for a team that was counting on him to fill a role for them off the bench both down the stretch of the regular season and into the playoffs. Bogut was going to step into the Timofey Mozgov role for the Cavs, but do it with better passing and decision making.