Andrew Bogut suffered a series of bone bruises and a hyper extension of his knee when J.R. Smith collided with his knee during game five of the NBA Finals. Bogut is out for the season and it will be a big loss to the Golden State Warriors.
During an interview, Bogut discussed the play that led up to his series ended injury and said he wasn’t sure how that play turned out to be Smith ‘cannon-balling’ into his leg:
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.
Bogut heard two cracks as he suffered a significant injury and bone bruises in his left knee when Smith crashed into him in the third quarter of Game 5 on Monday.
“I blocked his shot,” Bogut said. “Somehow he cannon-balled right into my shin with his shoulder. It was painful.”
Smith on Wednesday offered his point of view on the play.
“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.”
Whether or not you take Bogut’s or Smith’s side in the matter, the finals have been very chippy and each time looks like they want to win. With Bogut out, the Warriors will have to go to their small lineups in order to close out the Cavaliers in game six.