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New York Knicks Losing Bojan Bogdanovic Hurts Playoff Efforts

Before Tuesday’s Game Five against the Philadelphia 76ers, the New York Knicks announced that forward Bojan Bogdanovic will miss the rest of the playoffs due to having surgery on his left foot. According to Sham Charania of The Athletic, Bogdanovic will also have surgery on his wrist. In three months, he’ll be reevaluated.

The foot injury occurred during Sunday’s Game Four. Bogdanovic got tied up with 76ers forward Nicolas Batum while they were chasing a loose ball. He immediately went down on the floor and slowly limped off the court.

“Really unfortunate. He was really playing well for us,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Injuries are part of the game. Great game. Great worker. Just unfortunate.”

The Knicks acquired Bogdanovic from the Detroit Pistons at the trade deadline. With the Knicks, he averaged 10.4 points. In the first three games of the playoffs, he averaged eight points and shot 6-for-15 from three-point range.

So what does Bogdanovic being out mean for the Knicks? The Knicks will be down three players as Julius Randle has been out since January, and Mitchell Robinson is still out with an ankle injury. Bogdanovic was the best player on the Knicks' bench and was the primary scorer on the bench. He could step up when the Knicks needed help. While Bogdanovic being out isn’t the worst thing for the Knicks, it could hurt them if players keep getting injured. After losing Game 5 the Knicks lead the series 3-2. While the Knicks can still win the series against the 76ers and advance, not having Bogdanovic could end their playoff run early if Robinson stays out and they have to rely on their bench.

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