Bogut out for rest of playoffs

Pablo Tucker
June 17, 2016

The 31-year-old was named to the NBA All-Defensive Second Team last season en route to Golden State's championship. The Warriors set the National Basketball Association record with a 73-9 mark.

Green had this to say about that experience.

"As a competitor, you want to sustain it. I'm not going into that". "I owe it to my teammates to come back and give all that I have, all that I can do to better this situation". "It happens in our game, and nothing's going to stop me from coming back and doing what I do to help lead my team in Game 6". The 7-foot center sprained his left knee early in the third quarter Monday and was scheduled for an MRI exam Tuesday before the team traveled. That was Kyrie Irving and James slicing up Golden State's defense for 82 points.

Love had two, on 1-for-5 shooting, and also grabbed only three rebounds in 33 minutes, and also looked more timid and less confident than any player with his résumé is supposed to look on a big stage.

"We're in the same place we were a year ago, up 3-2 heading back to Cleveland". "At this point, it's whatever it takes". The rest of the team was 4-of-11 for 12 points. They were spectacular all night, both scoring 41. The Cavaliers shot only 39 percent.

Eventually, though, the stat sheet matters as well.

"I missed game five". I think he feels bad enough as it is about missing Game 5.

"When you're done with the game and big moments like tonight and moments throughout your career you wish you could get back", he reflected.

He completely mucked up Oklahoma City's offense - both in the February 27 game when he blew up at halftime, and in Game 6 - shutting down the paint and grabbing every big rebound down the stretch.

In all honesty, getting a two-game suspension for the on-court episode in Game 4 between Green and James would be a tad outlandish, but Cleveland wants to win a championship and has the right to request a harsher punishment. He missed Game 3 after sustaining a concussion, and his ineffectiveness in this series is driving discussion about the Cavaliers moving him this summer. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, foreground, and forward Kevin Love react during the second half of Game 5 of basketball's NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Monday, June 13, 2016. Ever. Having to watch your team play an NBA Finals game without you makes watching your friends hang out on Snapchat at a party you couldn't go to because you had a family thing seem like a total walk in the park (which, I mean, it kind of is). For as great as James and Irving usually are, to expect more Game 5-type performances from them again is asking a ton.

Another flagrant or technical foul Thursday by Green would bring a ban for a Sunday game seven. When he sat, the Cavs had a 24-point advantage. So far, he has been scoring nearly at will, averaging 22.1 points per game. Boges has made an impact in this series the first couple of games. The Cleveland Cavaliers will play the Warriors Thursday night in Cleveland. Part of it comes from James making some jump shots. "The story should hopefully be different in Game 6". "They had a great night", Curry said.

Of course, Love scored two of them. The playoffs change in terms of what role players are more effective. It's not every play that you're close to that line.

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