Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic suffered a slight fracture of his left thumb and will miss two to four weeks, as reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Mirotic suffered the injury during Tuesday's 115-101 win over the Lakers. Optimistically, he could be back before the playoffs start but it seems his absence could extend into the first round.
Since joining the Bucks, Mirotic averaged 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds, shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 35.6 percent from 3-point range in 22.9 minutes over 14 games (three starts).
The forward had 23 points and six rebounds on 8 of 14 shooting in 24 minutes against the Lakers.
coach Mike Budenholzer may opt to replace Mirotic's workload with the likes of Ersan Ilyasova and D.J. Wilson.
Along with the Mirotic news, the Bucks' injury report for tonight's game against the Cavaliers is packed:
The Bucks visit the Cavaliers tonight at 7:00 PM ET. The Cavs are coming off a surprising 126-119 home win against the Pistons last Monday and facing them won't be a walk in the park for the Bucks.
With all their potential absences, the Bucks will rely on Khris Middleton, Brook Lopez and Eric Bledsoe to provide most of the scoring.
Middleton carried the team against the Lakers with 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Lopez had 28 points, nine rebounds, four blocks, three assists and three steals and made five 3-pointers while Bledsoe had 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. This game will come down to how Middleton, Lopez and Bledsoe perform tonight.
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