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Serena Winters: Luke Walton says Andrew Bogut still hasn’t been cleared to practice (groin).
Mike Trudell: Walton said Bogut (groin) should be ready to go by the opener barring a setback. Hope is that Lonzo would be good to go as well by Oct. 19.
Tania Ganguli: Lakers announce Brandon Ingram will be available to play tomorrow in Vegas. Lonzo Ball (ankle) and Andrew Bogut (groin) are questionable.
He knows what many might call him: injury-prone. But, Bogut asks, how was he supposed to prevent these injuries? “I get my legs taken out from under me, on a dunk, fall on my elbow and break my elbow,” he says. “How do I train for that? How do I condition for that? A guy shoots a floater and chases that floater down and undercuts me — Kyle Lowry — and I fall on his foot and snap my ankle. How do I train against that? How do I train against getting hit in the leg?”
According to another league source, that group includes center Andrew Bogut, who considered signing with Boston last February before ultimately agreeing to a deal with the Cavaliers. Bogut broke his leg in his first game with Cleveland, though, and has spent this summer rounding back into form.
In a phone conversation from his native Australia, Bogut, 32, said he plans to resume jumping and full basketball workouts within three weeks. His injury did not require surgery, and he shed a custom carbon-fiber cast a few weeks ago. “The big one was getting cleared to jog. And then just ramping it up week by week,” said Bogut, 32, a veteran of 12 seasons who started 2016-17 with Dallas before being included in a trade-deadline deal with Philadelphia for Nerlens Noel.
Marc Stein: League sources say teams were notified this week Bogut is cleared for running/jumping and closing in on a return to full basketball activity
In a related move, the team has also waived center Andrew Bogut.
The Cleveland Cavaliers did not waste time wallowing in their misfortune after Andrew Bogut suffered a season-ending leg injury in his first minute of action with the team. The franchise’s focus has turned back to free-agent big man Larry Sanders as a potential salve for their shoddy defense, and he could be signed as soon as this Monday, when the Cavs return home from their current three-game road trip, multiple sources told ESPN.
The Cavaliers started negotiations with Sanders after losing center Andrew Bogut on Monday because of a fractured leg. Bogut agreed to a contract buyout with the Philadelphia 76ers on Feb. 27 and chose Cleveland over Boston and Houston. Bogut was expected to provide shot-blocking and rebounding before suffering the season-ending injury in his Cavs debut against Miami.
Cleveland plans to waive Bogut in order to free up a roster spot to replace the big man who was brought in for his rim-protecting and play-making abilities, a team source told ESPN. Bogut plans to rehabilitate back in his native Australia with his family.
The Cavs plan to make their roster adjustment following their upcoming three-game road trip through Detroit, Orlando and Houston, a source told ESPN. They are more likely to target a free agent and make an offer than to hold an audition-type workout as they have done already with Mario Chalmers, Lance Stephenson, Kirk Hinrich, Jordan Farmar and Larry Sanders without tendering any offers.
His loss could force general manager David Griffin to find another big man, one with the ability to protect the rim. If the Cavs go down that road, and a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said there’s no immediate push to get a new player in during the upcoming three-game roadtrip, they would have to release someone since the roster is at the maximum of 15 players.
According to a team release, Bogut’s tibia has been set and won’t require surgery. The recovery plan will begin immediately with an extended period of immobilization and healing stimulation. Bogut, a free agent at the end of the season, signed with the Cavs for the prorated veteran’s minimum of around $390,000. He is expected to recover in time for training camp, ahead of the 2017-18 season.
ESPN Cleveland: Windhorst: I wasn’t expecting Andrew Bogut to make that big of a difference, so it’s not that big of a loss for the Cavs.
The result? A fractured tibia. The recovery period? Even conservative estimates based on other NBA players who have suffered that injury are counted in months, rather than weeks. The game? A 106-98 loss to the Heat for the Cavs’ third defeat in the past four games.
“It’s very deflating,” James said. “It’s a tough moment. We all were excited about the acquisition, you know, bring him in here. Him getting some games under his belt before the playoffs, so hopefully we can hope for the best with the MRI or whatever the case may be, but uh, it’s a tough one. Not only obviously for him, first of all, but then for our ballclub.”
The Cavs eyed Bogut all season, targeting him as a likely buyout candidate from his contract. When he was signed, he was to be the final piece of the revamping of the bottom of the roster undertaken by general manager David Griffin. Cleveland’s championship hopes didn’t ride on Bogut’s back or break along with his leg — he was going to be a fringe rotation player when the playoffs arrived. But the two sides were counting on each other to help them get back to the Finals, even if it was Bogut who needed the Cavs more for that than the other way around.
In the quiet of a postgame loss, a Cavs employee was cleaning out some of the handful of items in Bogut’s stall. An injury like this — fractured tibia — typically takes months to heal. The Cavs didn’t give an official timetable for his recovery, and say they won’t know anything definitive until Tuesday at the earliest, but there is distinct possibility his season is over.
Less than a minute into his Cleveland Cavaliers career, Andrew Bogut went down with a fractured left tibia Monday night. The team said X-rays at the arena revealed the fracture and that Bogut was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for further evaluation. “It’s very deflating … a tough moment,” LeBron James said. “We all were excited about the acquisition and bringing him in here.”
James said he knew right away what had happened. “As soon as the collision happened, I heard it break,” he said. “And when I went over to him and he said [it was broken], I already knew it. I heard it crack. It took the air out of the whole building.”
Brian Dulik: #Cavaliers G Kyrie Irving on Andrew Bogut’s left leg fracture vs. #Heat: “It took the wind out of our sails. It’s terrible, man.” #NBA
Brian Dulik: #Cavaliers F LeBron James on Andrew Bogut’s fractured left leg vs. #Heat: “I heard it break as soon as it happened. I heard it crack.” #NBA
Andrew Bogut left his first game as a Cavalier with a left leg injury, unable to put any weight on it and needing help from teammates to get to the locker room. Bogut, 32, suffered the injury at the 11:38 mark of the second quarter. He was called for a foul running out to the perimeter to guard Okaro White and came up lame, hobbling before going to the court.
Brian Dulik: The air was sucked out of Quicken Loans Arena when new C Andrew Bogut was injured. Crowd is stunned, silent. #Cavaliers trail #Heat 42-28.
Jason Lloyd: Welp. Bogut on the ground clutching his left ankle-ish area.
Chris Fedor: #Cavs GM David Griffin now going back to the locker room to check on Bogut.
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says he doesn’t know the minutes Andrew Bogut will see tonight in Detroit, but he will play after missing 8 straight games.
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says he believes Deron Williams (left great toe sprain) is closer to returning than Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain).
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) could return Mon. in Denver. He doesn’t think Bogut will play Fri. in Portland.
Mark Followill: Andrew Bogut will miss game vs Cavs tonight, flare up last night of the right hamstring injury that recently kept him out of 6 games
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) could return this week. Carlisle wants Bogut to get some practice time first.
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, J.J. Barea (left calf strain) & Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) are out Sunday vs. the Lakers. #DALvsLAL
Earl K. Sneed: Rick Carlisle says Andrew Bogut (right hamstring strain) will not play tonight in Miami or tomorrow night at home vs. Utah.
Tim MacMahon: Mavs C Andrew Bogut will be out “for the foreseeable near future” due to a strained right hamstring, coach Rick Carlisle told reporters. Bogut did not play in Thursday’s win over the Suns. Carlisle said the Mavs don’t consider the injury serious, but they plan to proceed with caution to ensure that Bogut doesn’t aggravate the strain.
Earl K. Sneed: Per @MavsPR, Jose Juan Barea (left leg muscle strain) & Andrew Bogut (rest) are out vs. Golden State. Dirk Nowitzki (illness) is questionable.
Matt Steinmetz: According to @Chuck Cooperstein, Andrew Bogut will not play tonight vs. Warriors … after playing 22 minutes last night vs. Lakers.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Mavericks center Andrew Bogut has been diagnosed with a minor bone bruise in his right knee and could be back in two weeks.
A source expressed optimism that Andrew Bogut’s knee injury would not be a long-term issue. He will have an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity.
Q: You took some hits on the way out of town, though. Your durability was questioned … Andrew Bogut: “Oh, who cares? I don’t care.” Q: Even though it seemed like it was coming from the inside (of the Warriors)? Andrew Bogut: “But that’s how it is. I don’t buy into the sources thing. I don’t buy into all that (expletive), because this league is so two-faced and everybody is so fake. The same people who made those comments will see me tomorrow and shake my hand and ask me how my family is. This league is full of people who are full of (expletive) and shallow, and that’s what you figure out in pro sports. It’s very hard to meet a genuine person who you can call your friend in this league. That’s just the reality, and I understand that. People can take parting shots. I didn’t have a great Finals series obviously, with the injury, and finish off the way I wanted to, but that’s the way it goes. I’m not bitter about it. I could have played better definitely, especially on the offensive end. But I think defensively that I provided something for them that really helped that team win games.”
Bogut is working around the clock in Melbourne to rehab a knee diagnosed as having bone bruising that will take six to eight weeks to heal. That prognosis means he cannot afford a single setback, with Bogut intent on making the “miracle” recovery he says he needs.
Without Bogut the Boomers’ aspirations of winning a medal in Rio diminish rapidly, but manager Bruce Kaider says not to give up hope. “He is back in Melbourne doing his rehab and he will be there (at the camp) next week,’’ he said. “Everything is going well, he is working around the clock doing everything he can to get himself right.
Andrew Bogut all but ruled himself out of the Rio Olympics on Thursday, saying the bone bruises around his left knee almost certainly will not be healed in time for him to play for Australia this summer. “I’m not great at math, but six to eight weeks minimum is what I’ve been told,” the Golden State center said as his Warriors teammates ran through their shootaround practice in advance of Thursday night’s Game 6 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. “It’s very unlikely at this point, to be honest.”
Bogut said if he can’t play, he won’t be going to Rio even to watch. He expressed some concerns in recent days about the Zika virus that is overshadowing much of the run-up to the Rio Games, but was committed to playing for Australia regardless. “I’m not going to be traveling around, doing all that if I’m not playing,” Bogut said.
David Lee: Sorry to hear the news about @andrewbogut . Leader and UNSUNG hero ever since he joined the @Golden State Warriors. Heal up mate!
Marc J. Spears: Warriors release on Andrew Bogut: Warriors center Andrew Bogut, who suffered a significant impaction injury to his left knee 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. Bogut suffered the injury at the 10:30 mark of the 3rd Quarter of Game 5 at Oracle Arena.
Marc Stein: ESPN sources say an official update on Andrew Bogut for Game 6 is now expected Wednesday as the Warriors continue to review the medical data
Injured center Andrew Bogut traveled with the Golden State Warriors to Cleveland on Tuesday afternoon in advance of Thursday night’s Game 6 in the NBA Finals, according to league sources, but a firm status update on Bogut’s health wasn’t expected until later Tuesday night. Sources told ESPN.com that Bogut underwent an MRI exam on his sprained left knee Tuesday morning as scheduled. Yet sources said the results of that exam were being evaluated further by the Warriors’ medical team during their Ohio-bound flight.
Though the Warriors did not scrimmage on Sunday, center Andrew Bogut rejoined his teammates for practice, his first activity since the Game 5 win over Portland last Wednesday. Bogut’s status for Game 1 Monday night against Oklahoma City remains uncertain, with coach Steve Kerr indicating a decision will be made after Bogut’s pregame workout Monday afternoon.
Rusty Simmons: Warriors center Andrew Bogut (adductor) returned to practice today, which Steve Kerr called “encouraging.” Bogut is questionable for Game 1.
Warriors center Andrew Bogut didn’t practice for a second straight day due to his right adductor strain and his status remains up in the air for the start of the Western Conference finals against the Oklahoma City Thunder. “He rode the bike on the sideline,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Saturday. “We’re hoping he’ll practice tomorrow, but we’ll see.”
Diamond Leung: Bob Myers to 95.7 The Game on Andrew Bogut: “Luckily, structurally, the toe is OK, so it’s a (pain) threshold thing.” Gametime decision
Marc J. Spears: Warriors center Andrew Bogut (left toe/foot) is out tonight at Minnesota.
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October 20, 2017 | 9:05 pm EDT Update
Smith tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in August 2015, the summer before his senior year of high school. He experienced swelling in the knee after shootaround Friday, and the decision was made to not start him less than an hour before the game.