The latest regarding Andrew Bogut's injury
The Milwaukee Bucks issued a statement today regarding the severity of Andrew Bogut's left ankle fracture:
Milwaukee Bucks General Manager John Hammond announced the following update on the injury to Andrew Bogut (7-0, 260): “This morning in Milwaukee, Andrew had additional diagnostic tests performed on his left ankle.
The results of the testing confirmed a left ankle fracture which will keep Bogut sidelined for a period of 8-to-12 weeks.”
The seventh-year center was injured in Wednesday night’s win at Houston (January 25) when his left foot landed awkwardly on a Rockets player’s foot after attempting to block a shot in the first period.
In 12 games this season, Bogut averaged 11.3 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.0 steal and a team-high 2.0 blocked shots (T-7th in NBA) in 30.0 minutes per contest.
Earlier today, I had tweeted that, through a source, it was likely that Bogut would miss the remainder of the regular season. The press release confirms this is indeed a possibility. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the regular season ends about two weeks later this year compared to previous seasons. The Bucks final regular season game will be April 26th.
Candidly, I have to think if the Bucks are out of the playoff race in the second half of the season, there will be no rush to get Bogut back on the floor. If the Bucks can rally, and remain in the thick of things, having Bogut back for the playoff run would be an outstanding bonus.
One thing is for certain, Andrew Bogut will play through pain, and he will work his tail off to get back on the floor. Hopefully the season is still in tact at that time.