NBA Report: Former Warrior Bogut fractures left tibia playing with Cavaliers Monday night

March 7, 2017

NBA

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andrew Bogut (6) grimaces after getting hurt in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Monday, March 6, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

by Jerry Feitelberg and Charlie O

It was supposed to be an eventful start a new beginning for former Golden State Warriors star Andrew Bogut who was dealt at the NBA wavier wire deadline this week. The injury prone Bogut who starred for Golden State had arrived previously at the Warriors with an ankle injury before the Warriors first Finals appearance in 2015. He was plagued by injuries when playing with the Warriors who won a championship in the 2014-15 season and lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals during the 2015-16 season.

Bogut was part of those two Warriors finals teams only to be dealt to Dallas after the post season last season. When Bogut didn’t quite pan out for Mark Cuban and the Mavericks he was then dealt to the world champion Cleveland Cavaliers with the hopes of providing the Cavs some rim protection. So one minute into his Cleveland career Bogut entered the ball game and 0:37 in Bogut on defense tried to defend against the Miami Heat’s Okaro White at 11:36 in the second quarter Bogut managed to injure his left leg and went down.

Bogut had to be helped off the floor by the Cav’s training staff and the expression on Bogut’s face reflected shock saying “what just happened here” The Cavaliers spokesman Joe Gabriele released a statement from the club regarding Bogut’s condition,  “Cavaliers Center Andrew Bogut experienced a left leg injury during the second quarter of Monday’s game in Cleveland vs. the Miami Heat. Initial x-rays and evaluation at The Q revealed a fractured left tibia. Bogut was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for further imaging and evaluation and additional updates will be made as they become available.”

This comes as somewhat of a shock to those who covered Bogut at Golden State and then not so much a shock. The shock value was Bogut only got to play less than a minute for the Cavaliers. A team he hoped to help in the post season and possibly face his former teammates at Golden State and show his former team that he could be an asset for the Cavs and show the Warriors some payback for dealing him away at the beginning of the season.

It was not to be as the Warriors knew all full well having had Bogut on the team who had suffered a number of lower body injuries and particularly to his ankle. He first came to Golden State with an ankle injury but was able to flourish and help Golden State become that contender you see now. He lost some of his luster and he was dealt to Cleveland from Dallas. The Cavs liked his potential because of his physical strength below the rim to stop the offense’s inside game. But after Monday night’s injury the Cleveland Cavaliers will never know what could have been for Andrew Bogut in the 2017 post season with a fibia injury the recovery might take him past the NBA Finals in June.

Jerry Fietelberg covers Golden State Warriors basketball and Charlie O covers Sacramento Kings basketball for http://www.sportsradioservice.com

 

 

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