In the span of less than one minute of one game, Andrew Bogut went from being the final piece of Cleveland jigsaw puzzle to just another broken piece of the puzzle.
Because of that, the Cavaliers are still not complete.
Just a few hours after he expressed his excitement at joining the deepest team in the league, Bogut broke his leg after just 58 seconds during his Monday debut with Cleveland.
The injury could force Cleveland to start its search for another big man.
The newly acquired center for Cleveland was welcomed by Cleveland fans with a roaring ovation when he banged his shin into Okaro White’s knee, during the first minute of the second quarter. Bogut said after hitting his shin into the Miami Heat player’s shin he knew his leg broke.
LeBron James the star forward for the Cavaliers said he heard Bogut’s leg break during the collision.
As the new center for Cleveland was helped off the floor, Cleveland general manager David Griffin had a hard time watching as the most recent acquisition by the team hobbled back to the locker room.
The injury to Bogut came on the same day that it appeared the Cavaliers were getting closer to being whole.
During the morning shoot around for the team, Kevin Love worked on shooting and agility drills and appeared as if he was close to returning. The original return for Love was announced by Cleveland as six week after he had knee surgery February 14.
J.R. Smith played well during a 3 on 3 games prior to the loss on Monday to Miami. Smith has not played since December 20 after his broke a thumb and underwent surgery. He might be only days away from returning.
The signing of Bogut was just a few days after Deron Williams signed for the rest of the season and was to be the last move Cleveland made prior to the postseason starting.
All season, the Cavaliers have needed a big man to protect the rim and Bogut was to be that player and more. The veteran is a talented passer with experience in the postseason.
Bogut won an NBA title in 2015 with Golden State, but was discarded by the Warriors when they signed Kevin Durant last offseason.
It is not known how long he will be sidelined, but the first diagnosis was a fractured tibia but what is not known is if it is chipped or shattered.