Nikola Mirotic plans to make Bucks debut vs. Celtics
Nikola Mirotic, who stayed in Milwaukee during the break to work out, get a place to live and get treatment, says he’s planning on playing tomorrow. He’s been studying with the assistant coaches and learning what he will be expected to do.
— Matt Velazquez (@Matt_Velazquez) February 20, 2019
The Bucks traded for Mirotic’s services from the New Orleans Pelicans right before the trade deadline on Feb. 7. In exchange, Milwaukee sent Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson (as well as four second-round picks) to New Orleans.
Mirotic hasn’t yet made his debut with his new team, despite Milwaukee playing in four games before the All-Star break. The forward has been dealing with injuries all season long, appearing in just 32 games. Currently, he’s dealing with a calf injury, which is why he was getting treatment over All-Star Weekend.
When he has played, Mirotic has been productive. The 28-year-old is averaging career highs in points (16.7) and rebounds (8.3) per game, while hovering close to his highs in steals and blocks. He’s also shooting a career-best 84.2 percent from the foul line.
The good news for Bucks fans is that Mirotic finally seems ready to go, and he is a perfect fit in Milwaukee. He can spread the floor more for Giannis Antetokounmpo and is an underrated rebounder and defender.
At 43-14, the Bucks not only hold the best record in the Eastern Conference, but the best record in all of basketball. Getting the services of Nikola Mirotic starting Thursday should only help their cause as they prepare for a deep playoff run.