Nikola Mirotic to miss 2-4 weeks with thumb fracture
News don’t get much better for the Milwaukee Bucks, as their trusty stretch-four Nikola Mirotic will miss two-to-four weeks with a thumb fracture, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The sharpshooting forward suffered a slight fracture of his left thumb, likely sidelining him until the end of the regular season.
The Bucks lost Malcolm Brogdon to injury last week and they would be losing yet another capable floor-spacer in Mirotic, who makes the third-most 3-pointers at a 35.6 percent clip.
Losing Brogdon and Mirotic in the span of a week complicates matters for a Bucks team that is hoping to hold onto the top seed of the East, with the Toronto Raptors awaiting not too far behind, only three games back of first place.
There’s a certain sense of vulnerability in Milwaukee after losing two of their vital cogs to mid-term injuries, which could cost them an overall home court advantage, not only in the East, but in the NBA Finals, should they get there at the end of the postseason.
Besides Brogdon and Mirotic, the Bucks will also be without Donte DiVincenzo (right heel), Sterling Brown (right wrist), Pau Gasol (left ankle soreness), George Hill (sore left groin) and Ersan Ilyasova (illness), according to Matt Velasquez of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Giannis Antetokounmpo; the team’s talisman player, is still questionable for Wednesday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with a right ankle sprain, after missing Tuesday’s 115-101 win over the LeBron James-less Los Angeles Lakers.