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Matthew Dellavedova to be sidelined 3-4 weeks with ankle injury

Matthew Dellavedova

The Milwaukee Bucks will be without point guard Matthew Dellavedova for three-to-four weeks, as he recovers from a Grade 3 right ankle sprain, according to ESPN’s Chris Haynes.

Dellavedova left 14 minutes into Sunday night’s game against the Brooklyn Nets with the ankle sprain, managing only two points, two assists, and a rebounding in the outing. Delly’s scoring has been suspect at best, as he’s only scored 10 points three times during the season, with his season-high coming on opening night with 15.

With the recent injury to Malcolm Brogdon, the Bucks will have to heavily rely on starter Eric Bledsoe and fourth-string shooting guard Sean Kilpatrick to help run the offense, as veteran Jason Terry (a former point guard) only gets limited minutes in the rotation.

Milwaukee usually has Giannis Antetokounmpo with the ball in his hands during open-floor sets, which should help the Bucks with any ball-handling issues until Dellavedova returns.

While not a consistent shot-maker, Delly did shoot 37.7 percent from deep this season, which helped the bench somewhat sustain the 3-point shooting acumen with him in the lineup.

The Bucks are in the middle of a four-horse race, sitting in fifth place in the Eastern Conference at 29-23, while spots three to seven are separated by merely 2.5 games.

Having won six of their last seven games, the Bucks are positioning themselves in a favorable place, likely able to vie for fourth or even third place if the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Washington Wizards take a dip within the next few weeks.