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Mike Budenholzer says Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon is still being evaluated ahead of Game 5

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Milwaukee Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer says combo guard Malcolm Brogdon is still being evaluated ahead of Game 5 against the Boston Celtics.

Brogdon suffered a minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot back in March and has been out ever since. The Bucks are up 3-1 on the Celtics and can advance to the Eastern Conference Finals by winning Game 5 on their home floor.

Brogdon averaged 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game during the regular season in 64 contests. He shot 50.5 percent from the field, 42.6 percent from beyond the arc and 92.8 percent from the free-throw line. Brogdon led the NBA in free-throw shooting and was tied for eighth in 3-point percentage.

After the Bucks lost Game 1 to the Celtics, a lot of pundits said Milwaukee was in trouble. The Bucks, though, didn’t listen to the outside noise and stayed composed. Led by superstar swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee has won three games in a row against the Celtics pretty easily.

The Bucks can’t possibly expect Brogdon to miss nearly two months and just come in and play in a playoff game and contribute at a high-level. Easing the 2017 Rookie of the Year back into action is the smart move. Ideally, the Bucks beat the Celtics in Game 5 and then have some time off before their next series to get Brogdon more practice reps.