NBA Injuries

Andrew Bogut could miss two-to-four weeks

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On Tuesday, an MRI has revealed that Andrew Bogut (knee bruise) could miss anywhere between ten days and two-to-four weeks. One day after an x-ray came back negative, it appears more severe. Considering Bogut’s age (32) and his history of healing slowly, he should be closer to 14-28 days. The injury occurred on Wednesday against the Charlotte Hornets.

After playing 11 minutes he left to the locker and did not return. He did not score but registered six rebounds and one block.

At first, it did not seem to be severe, and an x-ray was negative. Even head coach Rick Carlisle stated: “We don’t think it’s terribly serious,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “At this point, it appears we dodged a bullet.”

Five hours later, it went from dodging a bullet to Bogut’s current status. Considering how bad the Dallas Mavericks are playing (4-16) it won’t be surprising to see the Mavericks wait even longer than normal. Bogut does not own a high profile in the scoring department. Last season, Bogut finished a career-low 11.4 percent of the Warriors’ plays. His 4.0 assists per 36 minutes last season ranked fourth among 7-footers.

However, Bogut is a dominating board worker. He is a strong passer and decision-maker from high post on offense. He will struggle when pulled away from the rim but shuts down the opponents offense.

Opponents shot just 45.2 percent inside five feet against Bogut, the fifth-best mark among players who defended at least five such shots per game. According to SportVU tracking on Bogut finished with the league’s best defensive rating in ESPN’s real plus-minus on a per-possession basis.

On the season, he has 61 points to go along with 166 rebounds and 14 blocks in 400 minutes.

Now that Bogut will be out at least two weeks consider looking at Salah Mejri and Dwight Powell for your fantasy league replacement. Mejri has gotten the starts in place of Bogut.

Mejri played 29.5 minutes per game in his previous starts so that he may be on the radar as a short-term pickup in deeper leagues. In 174 minutes, he has 39 points, 57 rebounds, and 11 blocks. Tonight against the Sacramento Kings, he did get the start. Mejri was on the court for 11 minutes and scored two points and had seven rebounds.

Dwight Powell also benefits in a big way. He could be the player fantasy owners may want to grab. In his last three games, Powell has seen 32, 28, 24 minutes. He pulled down 23 rebounds and scored 38 points in that span. Against the Kings, he scored six points and had five rebounds with five assists in 25 minutes.

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