Can the Cleveland Cavaliers survive Andrew Bogut's injury? | The Tylt
Can the Cleveland Cavaliers survive Andrew Bogut's injury?
Shannon Sharpe says losing Bogut is not a big deal. The Cavs are still at the top of their conference and Bogut's injury is not going to change that. The Cavs made it this far without Bogut, and the squad has beaten the odds before.
“It changed nothing. I still believe they’ll be the No. 1 seed in the East. Boston lost later in the night to the Clippers, so they lost no ground - but it changed the mood of the team.
Sharpe says the Cavs lost not because they didn't have Bogut, but because their defense is weak. Bogut alone would not have been able to fix that.
“The Cavaliers need to defend better. They’ve been terrible the last couple of games and it’s shown. They have a 25-point lead late in the third quarter against Atlanta, Atlanta comes all the way back, with two minutes left in the fourth quarter they were down by one. And then we see them without LeBron and Kyrie on Saturday night get blown out by this Heat team.
Joe Vardon says the Cavs needed Bogut to get to the playoffs. Bogut would have given the Cavs some breathing room to keep their star players in reserve. Now, Cleveland is down another big man.
The Cavs needed Bogut's size, his rebounding and rim protection, and his mere presence. Kevin Love is still working through his recovery from minor knee surgery, and Cleveland was already down a big man on the roster.
The Cavs eyed Bogut all season, targeting him as a likely buyout candidate from his contract. When he was signed, he was to be the final piece of the revamping of the bottom of the roster undertaken by general manager David Griffin.
Cleveland's championship hopes didn't ride on Bogut's back or break along with his leg -- he was going to be a fringe rotation player when the playoffs arrived. But the two sides were counting on each other to help them get back to the Finals, even if it was Bogut who needed the Cavs more for that than the other way around.