Dallas Mavericks center Andrew Bogut will be sidelined for 10-14 days, and possibly longer, with a bone bruise in his right knee.
Bogut sustained the injury Monday night late in the first quarter when Charlotte Hornets center Roy Hibbert fell on the floor and accidently collided with him. A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed that Bogut’s injury is not as serious as it looked when he hobbled off the court and never returned to Monday’s game.
“It’s a short to long time line,’’ Bogut said of his eventual return to the court. “From what I heard it’s a minimal of 10 days, but it could be three or four weeks.
“It’s up in the air right now.’’
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Guard Seth Curry will also missed tonight's 7:30 game against the Sacramento Kings at American Airlines Center with a sprained right knee.
With Bogut out, the Mavericks will use a rotation of Dwight Powell, Salah Mejri and rookie A. J. Hammons at center. That trio will be responsible for the Kings' rugged center DeMarcus Cousins.
Of trying to play games without Bogut, coach Rick Carlisle said: “It makes it much more difficult. But Powell and Salah and Hammons, and we’ll probably have to invent something else here too just to make sure we have enough manpower.
“Especially tonight with Cousins, who presents as big a physical challenge as we have in the league right now from a match-up standpoint.’’
Bogut believes he’s fortunate he didn’t sustain an injury that would have forced him to the sidelines for a much longer time.
“It could have been much worst – that’s probably the only positive that comes out of it,’’ Bogut said after Wednesday morning’s shootaround at AAC. “I’ll take a couple of days to rest it and then ramp up the rehab and see how we go.
“It’s all how the bruising kind of responds. . .and then it’s all about being ale to load my right knee again to where I can explode. Until then, it’s pool, rehab.’’
Coach Rick Carlisle said he’s very “encouraged’’ by Bogut’s diagnosis.
“When I walked in yesterday to the practice facility he was on the floor taking a few short shots,’’ Carlisle said. “I was concerned he was going to be on crutches or something like that.
“We dodged a bullet – it’s just going to be a matter of time. But I think 10 days to two weeks is probably the minimal.’’
Bogut suffered a left knee sprain in Game 5 of this past June’s NBA Finals and missed the last two games of that championship series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. What happened Monday gave him a flashback to the 2016 Finals.
“I knew it wasn’t as bad as the NBA Finals,’’ Bogut said. “In the NBA Finals I heard two cracks, this one I heard the bones hit, like a slap.
“So I knew it wasn’t that bad, and I could walk it off myself, limping. But the one in the Finals was really bad.’’
Bogut averages 3.8 points and is the team’s leading rebounder with 10.4 per game.
“I can’t do a lot of shooting at the moment,’’ Bogut said. “Hopefully in the next three or four days they’ll let me do some light shooting.
“But the timeline is kind of, it’s a short to long time line.’’