(Reuters) - Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut will miss the remainder of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers after injuring his knee, the team said on Wednesday.
Bogut, who traveled to Cleveland for Thursday's Game Six, where the Warriors have another chance to capture their second consecutive NBA title, suffered a "significant impaction injury" to his left knee in Game Five, the team said in a statement.
The 31-year-old Australian, who sustained the injury in the third quarter of Monday's game when Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith collided with him on a layup attempt, will not require surgery but will need 6-8 weeks of recovery, according to the Warriors.
His injury is the latest blow to a Warriors team that failed to close out the series on their home court on Monday when they were playing without suspended power forward and defensive stalwart Draymond Green.
Bogut, who came down awkwardly on his left leg after the collision, immediately grabbed his knee and writhed in pain on the floor until play stopped. He had to be helped off the court and was walking gingerly as he left the arena.
An MRI conducted on Tuesday revealed the impact resulted in bone bruises to the proximal tibia and distal femur.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Steve Keating)