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Bucks’ Jrue Holiday reacts to being limited in first game back vs. Clippers

Jrue Holiday, Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Khris Middleton, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George

Jrue Holiday missed a total of 10 games for the Milwaukee Bucks prior to his return to action on Sunday against the Los Angeles Clippers. Unsurprisingly, the 30-year-old was limited in his first game back after several weeks on the shelf. In his mind, though, Holiday believes he could have played more than the 18 minutes that was afforded to him on Sunday night.

Holiday joked about his limited run, but the vet also acknowledged how important it is to adhere to the league’s stringent measures against the coronavirus:

“I was like, ‘Damn. You could’ve just let me play (laughs) the rest of this quarter, but I understand the protocols and risk of this and having this virus. I appreciate the coaching staff and training staff for protecting me from myself,” Holiday said, via Eric Nehm of The Athletic.

Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer took Holiday out at the four-minute mark of the final period, and after a couple of minutes on the bench, they brought him back in to close the game.

Holiday managed just two points on 1-of-5 shooting, to go along with three assists and two turnovers. Clearly, the former All-Star was a bit rusty in his return. Nevertheless, Jrue came up with a few key plays late in the game, which helped the Bucks preserve a win against the mighty Clippers.

Milwaukee edged out Kawhi Leonard and Co., 105-100, behind another impressive performance by reigning back-to-back MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, who was clearly feeling himself on Sunday.