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Bogut out for rest of the Finals

CLEVELAND — Warriors center Andrew Bogut needs six to eight weeks to recover from a left knee injury, ruling him out for the remainder of the NBA Finals and likely affecting his Olympic plans.

The team is calling it an "impaction injury" that resulted in serious bone bruises. No surgery is needed, the team said.

Bogut was hurt Sunday night when he blocked a shot, then landed awkwardly.

"It's bad news for our team," coach Steve Kerr said.

It's a blow to Golden State's defensive scheme. Now it's likely that Draymond Green, who missed Game 5 with a suspension, could get a significant amount of time in tonight's Game 6 at center. Green has played there regularly during the playoffs.

"It's not like a loss where you say, 'Aw, it doesn't matter.' It definitely matters," Green said. "But one thing we always talk about is our depth. So it's an opportunity for someone else to step up.''

Bogut was expected to play for Australia in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, with that team's first game scheduled for Aug. 6.

"Even with Bogut out, (the Warriors) still have so much firepower that it doesn't take any of the focus out of our mind," Cavaliers star LeBron James said.

Meanwhile, Green spoke to the media for the first time since he was suspended.

"As a basketball player, as a man, just certain things that you have to do," Green said. "You can't put yourself in certain positions. One thing that I've already been kind of teaching myself and trying to learn how to do is control my emotions."

The challenge for Green will be to control his emotions but still play with passion.

"I think I've got to come out and play my game regardless," Green said. '

For the Cavs, James is deriving motivation from "two of the best words ever, 'Game 7.' "

James is looking to forward Kevin Love, who has struggled in the series, for help. "Just need him to be aggressive,'' James said. "Make an impact on the game, no matter if he's not scoring, no matter if at times he feels like he's not getting touches. We definitely need him."

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