Fall leaves Bucks’ Bogut with multiple injuries
The team announced Sunday it does not know when he will return, but the injuries leave his availability for a potential playoff run in doubt. He has been released from the hospital.
With Milwaukee leading late 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 wrenched his right elbow in ugly fashion trying to brace his fall.
Teammate Brandon Jennings said after the game that he saw Bogut’s elbow “pop out.”
A flagrant foul was called on Stoudemire, but television replays showed what appeared to be relatively light contact.
“The fans didn’t have
a clean view of what
happened,” Stoudemire said. “But I think once they
see the replay they’ll see that there was nothing intenional.”
Jennings said he didn’t believe Stoudemire was trying to hurt Bogut.
“Amare doesn’t seem like that type of person,” Jennings said. “I think it was just an accident.”
A long-term injury to Bogut could be a serious loss for the Bucks, who have been one of the NBA’s surprises this season. The Bucks are sixth in the Eastern Conference and are close to clinching a playoff berth.
Bogut, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, is having a standout season, averaging 15.9 points and 10.2 rebounds.
The Bucks only recently got over another unsettling injury, as Carlos Delfino played his second straight game Saturday after he was taken off the court on a stretcher during a March 26 loss to Miami.
Last updated: 1:41 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012