It ain’t bloody well over yet.
In a win-or-go-home situation, the Cleveland Cavaliers took full advantaged of a depleted and hobbled Golden State Warriors outfit in Game 5 of the NBA Finals to force the series to a Game 6 back in Cleveland.
Teetering on the brink of oblivion with a 3-1 deficit, the Cavs marched into the Oracle Arena already fired up over the incident which saw Warriors forward Draymond Green suspended for a flagrant foul on LeBron James in Game 4.
The game, level at half time, began to unravel for the Warriors in the third quarter, after ‘Strayan centre Andrew Bogut went down with a nasty-looking knee injury. Rising to block a shot, Bogut collided with Cleveland’s JR Smith, Bogut’s knee bending in a horrible backwards-manner as the big man crumpled to the court in obvious pain.
Bogut had to be helped off the court and couldn’t put any weight on the injured knee immediately after the incident. Warriors staff are outwardly stating that the injury is a strained knee and that he’ll go for MRI scans later tonight to assess any internal damage.
If Bogut can’t get back up for Game 6 on Friday (Australian time) it would be a massive blow to the Warriors as they attempt to close out a second successive NBA Championship.
The Cavs, like sharks that smelt blood, swooped on the undermanned and severely undersized Warriors, putting the game beyond doubt with a commanding 112 – 97 victory, off the back of an all-time performance from Kyrie Irving and LeBron James who netted 41 points a piece.
A severe injury to Bogut could also potentially put Australia’s Olympic preparations into absolute disarray, with just over two months to go until Rio.
Game 6 of the NBA Finals is set to take place this coming Friday morning.
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