The Milwaukee Bucks are dealing with a few injuries heading into the playoffs, but Nikola Mirotic is expected back for Game 1 against the Detroit Pistons.
There are varying degrees of severity, but the Milwaukee Bucks are dealing with multiple injuries as they get set to start a playoff run as the No. 1 seed in the East. But one player is good to go — forward Nikola Mirotic is expected to play in Sport 1 in opposition to the Detroit Pistons on Sunday evening.
Mirotic practiced on Friday and Saturday, and instructed reporters “I must be able to go.”
Mirotic suffered a damaged left thumb on March 19, and has not performed since. He was acquired from the New Orleans Pelicans to bolster Milwaukee’s perimeter capturing and averaged 11.6 factors, 5.four rebounds and 1.four assists per recreation whereas capturing 35.6 p.c from 3-point vary over 14 video games for the Bucks earlier than being injured.
Counting his time with the Pelicans, Mirotic averaged 15.2 factors, 7.four rebounds and 1.2 assists per recreation whereas changing at a 36.5 p.c clip from past the arc over 46 common season video games.
Past no matter he’ll add on the ground, Mirotic provides some additional playoff expertise (26 video games) to the combination for Milwaukee. He cited that on Saturday, whereas additionally citing the necessity for the Bucks to stay to the method that received them a league-high 60 video games in the course of the common season.
That is going to be my fourth playoffs in 5 years,” Mirotic mentioned. “The blokes are prepared, however the message from our coach is that there’s nothing completely different within the playoffs. We have to play our identical basketball. Play laborious. I feel we must be positive. We’re a really deep crew and really hungry.
With 23 factors in that March 19 recreation in opposition to the Lakers, Mirotic appeared to discover a stride together with his new crew simply in time to be injured and miss a couple of weeks. Some rust can be in play on Sunday evening, however Mirotic was a playoff standout for the Pelicans final 12 months (15 factors per recreation; 43.1 p.c from 3-point vary) and he’ll be a key piece for the Bucks in these playoffs.