Brogdon set to return to Bucks' lineup
NBA.com Global on Apr 10, 2018 07:51 AM
FILE - EVANSVILLE, IN - OCTOBER 12: Malcolm Brogdon #13 of the Milwaukee Bucks goes to the basket against the Indiana Pacers during a preseason game on October 12, 2016 at Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Two games remain in the Milwaukee Bucks' season. In that span, they hope to nail down their playoff seed, gear up for the playoffs and welcome the reigning Kia Rookie of the Year winner back into the fold.
Point guard Malcolm Brogdon, who won ROY honors in 2016-17, says he plans to play today against the Orlando Magic. He suffered a partially torn left quadricep tendon back in early February and has been sidelined ever since. When he left the Bucks on Feb. 2 (Feb. 3, PHL time), they were 28-23 and No. 6 in the Eastern Conference.
Today, Milwaukee is more or less in the same spot: 43-37 and No. 7 in the East. Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel explains how Brogdon could help the Bucks as the season closes out:
The long road back will end at 7 p.m. Monday when the Bucks host the Orlando Magic for the final regular-season game at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
“Close, but we realized I wasn’t quite there," Brogdon said when asked he close he got to playing Saturday in New York. "Just got to wait. I’ll be back Monday.”
Considering Milwaukee's recent injury issues — five players sat out Saturday's game, including four due to injuries — Brogdon's return is especially welcome.
“I can’t wait, man, I can’t wait to have him back," point guard Eric Bledsoe said. "At the same, I think we did a great job of playing together since him and (Matthew Dellavedova) went down. Those are key pieces of our backcourt, him and Delly. Glad to have Malcolm back.”
Brogdon's return comes just in time to help the Bucks in their push for the best possible seed in the playoffs. Heading into the final three days of the season, the Bucks are tied with the Miami Heat for sixth in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of the Washington Wizards. The Heat and Wizards own the tiebreakers over the Bucks, which means Milwaukee needs to collect victories in order to hold their spot in seventh or move up.