I just watched Andrew Bogut’s injury for the first time, and I don’t know whether to gasp, cry, puke, or rejoice.
Why rejoice? Because the Celtics could very well play Bogut’s Milwaukee Bucks in the first round, and the Bucks just got a whole lot less formidable.
ESPN reports that Bogut will likely be out for the remainder of the season.
Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut’s season is likely over.
Bogut suffered a dislocated right elbow, sprained wrist and broken right hand after an awkward fall in a victory over the Phoenix Suns on Saturday, the team announced late Saturday.
“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,” Bucks GM John Hammond said in a statement.
“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.”
After watching the video of his fall, my inner doctor (aka blatant common sense) tells me Bogut won’t be returning to basketball any time soon. If you are in any way squeamish, normal, or pregnant, I’d recommend you don’t watch the video. It is disgustingly gross.
Since my diagnosis is that Bogut will miss the rest of the season, the Bucks now go from a team to fear in the postseason to a team you desperately want to play. With the Celtics and Hawks jostling for the third seed, and the Heat and Bucks battling for the fifth seed, the Celtics will almost positively play either Miami or Milwaukee in the first round. Now, let’s hope it’s Milwaukee.
Bogut’s loss will be entirely detrimental to a Milwaukee team that had harbored hopes of advancing in the playoffs. Without Bogut, and with an already-thin frontcourt, the Bucks will be forced to rely on a cast of fill-ins to fill Bogut’s shoes. Knowing Bogut won’t play, I betcha Kendrick Perkins will be able to get some more sleep before the potential Milwaukee series. Perk always gets murdered by Bogut, but backup Kurt Thomas doesn’t exactly have the same effect.
It’s sad, but these are the things I think about when an opponent goes down with a horrific injury: How will it affect the Boston Celtics?