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Bogut Injured (out for season)

In 2010 NBA Playoffs, General NBA on April 3, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I wasn’t watching the game but I heard that Andrew Bogut suffered a severe injury against the Phoenix Suns. That he was fouled at the basket and landed viciously on his arm.

USA Today has an initial report

Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut has been helped off the court after falling hard to the floor and awkwardly twisting his right elbow Saturday night against the Phoenix Suns.

With the Bucks leading in the second quarter, Bogut took a long outlet pass in for a fast break slam dunk. He hung on the rim afterward, was touched in the back by the Suns’ Amare Stoudemire and crashed to the court. He appeared to wrench his elbow and hit his head hard on the court. A flagrant foul was called on Stoudemire, but television replays showed what appeared to be relatively light contact with Bogut.

If this is a season ending injury, that would leave the Bucks in a difficult spot for the remainder of the season. We’ll have to wait and see what happens next.

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That looks like a season ending injury.

  • That would mean the Bucks likely drop down the seventh in the East
  • Which would create a first round matchup against the Magic with Dwight Howard destroying the Bucks’ Bogut-less interior and sweeping them in four games.

Milwaukee’s Big Man Rotation

  • Milwaukee likes to play a perimeter orientated power forward (Ersan Ilyasova) and a versatile defensive minded combo forward (Mbah a Moute) at the power forward spot. Those players will likely keep playing all 48 available power forward minutes.
  • That leaves Milwaukee desperately trying to fill the remaining minutes at center. They need a defensive and a top rebounder to balance out their lineup.
  • Their choices for those minutes are — Kurt Thomas + Dan Gadzuric + Francisco Elson + Primoz Brezec
  • Kurt Thomas and Dan Gadzuric will likely get those center minutes. I would expect Scott Skiles to start Gadzuric to give them some shot blocking at the start of the games and then to turn to Kurt Thomas. How well Gadzuric plays, he is inconsistent but capable of good play, will decide the minutes distribution and it will likely change on a night-to-night basis due to his lack of reliability.

Second Report

Gary Woefel reports via Twitter (hat tip to probasketballtalk.nbcsports)

Andrew Bogut has slightly dislocated elbow. X-Rays show no broken bones. Will have additional tests.

Considering the circumstances, that is great news for the Milwaukee Bucks.

There are two weeks remaining in the regular season and a little more than a week of playoff basketball left in the season. So any injury absence beyond three weeks would mean Bogut’s season is over.

Third Report

Here are the summary results of Bogut’s hospital tests

Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced the following information on center Andrew Bogut:

“After falling hard to the floor after a dunk in the second period of the Bucks win over Phoenix, Andrew was examined at the Bradley Center by team orthopaedic physician Dr. Michael Gordon and then taken to Aurora Sinai Medical Center by ambulance for more tests.

“Further testing and imaging at Aurora Sinai showed that Andrew sustained a dislocated right elbow, a sprained right wrist and a broken right hand. He was released from the hospital and no timetable has been determined for his return.”

Dislocated right elbow + sprained right wrist + broken right hand

That sounds like Bogut will be out for three months or so. Of course, no timetable as of yet for his return.

Update: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel doesn’t have any details to add or any timeline for Bogut’s return but they say that he is done for the season. They also have quotes from Scott Skiles saying that Kurt Thomas is going to be given a lot of minutes in Bogut’s absence.

Update: Bogut to have surgery — link

Update: Bogut has surgery. He will need six weeks to recover from surgery before undergoing rehab.

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