Australia and Milwaukee Bucks centre Andrew Bogut could be sidelined for up to two weeks after sustaining a knee injury against the Orlando Magic yesterday. Bogut was diagnosed with a bone bruise and effusion in his left knee joint after undergoing an MRI in Atlanta overnight.
The one to two week layoff comes at an inopportune time for the Melbourne-born star who had hit a purple patch in his fourth NBA season, averaging 14 points and a whopping 18 rebounds over his last three games.
Prior to the game against Orlando, Bogut was leading the NBA in defensive rebounds, he was second in total rebounds, third in offensive rebounds and fifth in double-doubles, reinforcing his value as one of the premiere centres in the world.
“Basically the hit I took has created fluid and the fluid is moving around inside the joint causing stiffness and pain,” Bogut said.
“Not the best news I wanted to hear. I cannot stand missing games, especially due to injury. It really frustrates me.”
Milwaukee have three more matches to play this week (Atlanta tomorrow, Detroit Saturday, Cleveland Sunday) and a further two next week (Chicago Thursday, Charlotte Saturday) before facing Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers on Monday December 8th, Australian time.
After 16 games of the 82-game regular season, Milwaukee (7-9) are fourth in the Eastern Conference’s Central Division behind Cleveland (11-3), Detroit (8-5) and Chicago (7-8) and ahead of Indiana (5-8).