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NBA: After Bogut Injury, Cavs Back to Square One

By Brian Yalung

Cleveland Cavaliers' Andrew Bogut. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Andrew Bogut. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The injury bug has bitten Australian center Andrew Bogut again and it couldn’t have come at a worse time. Debuting in his first game as a Cleveland Cavalier, the 7-footer managed roughly only a minute of action.

The latest word on Bogut’s injury is that the Aussie fractured his left tibia following a collision with Miami Heat Okaro White at the 11:38 mark of the second quarter. Footage of that can be seen in the video below. Bogut was taken to the Cleveland Clinic for further evaluation according to ESPN.

The Cavs went on to lose to the Heat, 106-98. The setback places the Cavs back to square one if Bogut is unable to play. There is a possibility that the Cavs could eventually waive him to fill in the roster spot. Possible names that come to mind are Luis Scola or even former Cavs big man Anderson Varejao.

Previous reports mentioned Varejao has unlikely to return to Cleveland. He was waived by the Golden State Warriors last month. Luis Scola, on the other hand, was waived by the Brooklyn Nets before February came to a close. There are interested teams in Scola, some of which were mentioned in a previous report.

Both are veterans and could fit in as backups either with the Cavs or any team looking to beef up before the NBA postseason wars.