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Eric Bledsoe’s status for Game 2 after missing Game 1 of Bucks vs. Heat

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The Milwaukee Bucks are listing point guard Eric Bledsoe as questionable for Game 2 against the Miami Heat, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

Bledsoe didn’t play in Game 1 due to a hamstring injury. The Bucks lost to the Heat and now trail the best-of-seven series 1-0.

Eric Bledsoe appeared in 61 games for the Bucks during the 2019-20 regular season. The explosive guard averaged 14.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 34.4 percent from beyond the arc and 79.0 percent from the free-throw line.

The Bucks play at a faster pace when Bledsoe is running the show. George Hill, who started for Bledsoe in Game 1, may be the better shooter and passer, but Bledsoe is the superior scorer and downhill slasher — two aspects Milwaukee missed in Game 1.

All the pressure in Game 2 will be on the Bucks. Although there’s no home-court advantage at Disney World, they would face slim odds of beating the Heat four times in a row if they lose Game 2 on Wednesday.

Since arriving to the Bucks during the 2017-18 season, Bledsoe has struggled in the postseason. He’s averaging just 11.6 points and shooting 42.3 percent overall and 25.9 percent from the 3-point line. If he’s able to play in this Heat series, Bledsoe has to be in attack mode against Miami’s guards at all times and put pressure on the opposing bigs.