Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon out for Game 4 vs. Celtics
Budenholzer said Brogdon is making good progress. He has played five-on-five three times. “I think he’s getting close,” Bud said.
— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) May 5, 2019
Brogdon’s apparent “progress” has apparently not been substantial enough to warrant an active status for Milwaukee’s second tilt in Boston, with the Bucks holding a 2-1 advantage in the series.
The former NBA Rookie of the Year has not played since March 17 due to a plantar fascia tear in his right foot. Brogdon had been having the best year of his career up to that point, averaging career highs in points (15.6), rebounds (4.5) and 3-point percentage (.426), adding a combo guard feel alongside Eric Bledsoe and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Indeed, the Bucks seemed to miss Brogdon in a blowout loss to the Celtics in Game 1. Sterling Brown and Pat Connaughton combined to make just 3-of-17 field goal attempts from the shooting guard position, and Kyrie Irving torched Milwaukee for 26 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.
Brogdon’s absence was felt as much on the defensive end as it was offensively, with the Celtics shooting close to 55 percent from the floor as a team.
However, the Bucks have won each of the last two games by controlling the paint, and Connaughton and George Hill have made ample contributions off the bench in addition to the dominance of Giannis and steady play from Khris Middleton.
Milwaukee would hate to rush Brogdon back into action, even with Eric Bledsoe continuing to struggle shooting the ball. The worst-case scenario would be a loss in Game 4, which would still mean the series would be tied heading back to Milwaukee, where Brogdon would likely be activated.