Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon, who last appeared in a game on March 15, will be listed on the injury report as probable for Game 5 of the team’s series against Boston, and is expected to play, as Malika Andrews of ESPN.com relays (via Twitter).
According to Andrews (via Twitter), Bucks head coach Mike Budenholzer indicated that Brogdon will be on a minutes restriction and will come off the bench in his return. Brogdon was a fixture in the starting lineup before his injury, but he’ll be eased back into action in the midst of the postseason, with Nikola Mirotic remaining in Milwaukee’s starting five for now.
While Brogdon may have to shake off some rust, getting him back in the rotation could be big for the Bucks, who have built a 3-1 lead over the Celtics even without one of their most reliable contributors available. The 26-year-old was a key ball-handler and floor-spacer for the club during the regular season, averaging 15.6 PPG with an ultra-efficient .505/.426/.928 shooting line in 64 games (28.6 MPG).
A minor plantar fascia tear in his right foot sidelined Brogdon for the final few weeks of the regular season and most of the first two rounds of the playoffs. With the Bucks in a good position to finish off the Celtics – either tonight or in an eventual Game 6 or 7 – Brogdon may have an opportunity to make a more significant impact in the next round.