Reports: Mirotic could make Bucks debut vs Celtics
NBA.com Global on Feb 21, 2019 07:49 AM
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Newly acquired Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic, nursing a calf injury, could be making his Milwaukee debut Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) vs. the Boston Celtics, according to reports.
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, currently the top team in the Eastern Conference, acquired Mirotic in a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans at the Feb. 7 (Feb. 8, PHL time) trade deadline. Milwaukee gave up Jason Smith and Stanley Johnson and four second-round picks.
Mirotic has played in 32 games this season for the Pelicans, and has been productive, averaging career highs in points (16.7) and rebounds (8.3) per game, and is close to his highs in steals and blocks. He's missed four Bucks' games since the trade, but appears ready to play now with an initial minutes restriction.
At 43-14 entering the All-Star break, the Bucks hold the best record in the Eastern Conference and the league.
A career 39.5 percent shooter from beyound the arc, Mirotic could help the Bucks stretch the floor, opening up driving lanes for Giannis Antetokounmpo.