According to CBS Sports, X-rays revealed that Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bogut fractured his left tibia less than a minute into his first game with the team on Monday, the team announced.
Ironically, the Heat had a huge game from downtown one game after the Cavs set a new regular season National Basketball Association record against the Atlanta Hawks when they netted 25 three-pointers.
Kyrie Irving was among the players to chime in on Bogut's injury after Monday's 106-98 loss to the Heat, saying he thinks the team still has enough to compete for a championship.
However, Miami's latest impressive win was overshadowed by the injury to Bogut, who only signed with Cleveland last week and had been welcomed to the team earlier in the day by being given jersey No. 6.5 - a joke that made the big Australian smile.
Bogut was seen as a major piece of the Cavs' push for back-to-back titles, with the reigning champions going on a recent recruiting spree that saw them pick up Kyle Korver, Deron Williams and Bogut to bolster their squad depth. "Not only obviously for him, first of all, but then for our ballclub".
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Of course we can, we've been doing that for a month with the Senate Republicans. "But he's got to grow up and get this solved". RADOGNO: "If we don't get this moving by the 28th, we may as well just go home".
Bogut stayed down for a while and judging by the broadcast, looked like he was mouthing "It's broken" before being lifted off the court and back to the locker room without putting any weight on the leg.
With LeBron and Kyrie sidelined, Channing Frye stepped up offensively for Cleveland, leading the Cavs on Saturday night with 21 points.
As has been the case for much of the season, Tyler Johnson was key off Miami's bench with 17 points, six rebounds, two assists and a pair of steals. I was making this decision based on what the best opportunity was. "We've just got to continue to fly under the radar, just keep piling wins up and make that push". It wasn't almost enough, however, as the Miami Heat had two players that outscored at least 20 twenty points.
The bulk of Cleveland's points came through James and Kyrie Irving.
Perhaps still riled up over his exchange with Smith, Waiters seemed motivated to punish his former team and scored 24 in the first half.