Bucks clinging to “optimism” Malcolm Brogdon could make an earlier return
Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon was diagnosed with a minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot, and is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks. According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Marika Andrews of ESPN, Milwaukee remains hopeful that he’ll be closer to the six-week timeline.
With this news, Brogdon will surely miss the entire first round of the postseason. The playoffs commence on April 13. A return in six weeks means that Brogdon could be back on the court at the start of the conference semifinals, which could start as soon as April 27.
However, if he returns in the latter end of his timetable, Brogdon will possibly rejoin the Bucks in the Eastern Conference Finals, should they make it that far.
This is a obviously a tough blow for Milwaukee. The league-leading Bucks should have no trouble advancing past the first round. However, the Eastern Conference bloodbath begins in the second round, as the Bucks figure to face one of the other three powerhouse teams in the conference: Toronto, Philadelphia, or Boston (plus Indiana as a fourth possibility).
Surely, they will need to be at full strength if they want to make a deep playoff push this season. Brogdon is a key piece for the Bucks. He gives them a steady presence whenever he is on the floor.
The former rookie of the year brings a lot to the table for Milwaukee. He is a solid playmaker, a good spot-up shooter, and a steady defender. Malcolm Brogdon is arguably the glue guy for this Bucks team, and it remains to be seen how his absence will affect them in April and early May.
Brogdon’s 2018-19 regular season will end with averages of 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.2 assists in 64 games. He also joins the exclusive 50-40-90 club, with shooting percentages of 50.5-42.6-92.8 (field goals-threes-free throws).