Andrew Bogut leaves Warriors-Cavs Game 5 with sprained left knee

Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut left Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals on Monday night after coming down awkwardly and appearing to be in severe pain after blocking a driving layup by Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith early in the third quarter:

Bogut planted his left leg as he landed; as Smith fell to the ground, he rolled into the front of it, bending it backward and sending the 7-footer to the ground, where he stayed, writhing in pain under the basket for two more possessions before a timeout finally stopped play and allowed the Warriors to get their starting center off the court:

The Warriors are already without their other starting big man, power forward Draymond Green, who is serving a one-game suspension after collecting his fourth flagrant foul points of the postseason following a league review of an incident that resulted in a flagrant foul-1 for "unnecessary contact with a retaliatory swipe of his hand to the groin" of LeBron James late in the Warriors' Game 4 win.

Early in the fourth quarter, the Warriors offered a worrying update:

Bogut was scoreless at the time of his injury, but had three rebounds and three blocked shots before exiting with the Warriors trailing 67-64 with 10:07 remaining in the third quarter.

The Cavaliers extended the series with a 112-97 win on Monday night behind a pair of remarkable 41-point performances from LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, staying alive and forcing a Game 6 back in Cleveland on Thursday night. Whether Bogut will be available to participate in it remains to be seen; the results of that MRI figure to loom large.

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