5:02pm: Bledsoe will play for the Bucks tonight, per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium (Twitter link).
4:11pm: Starting Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe remains a game-time decision for Milwaukee’s second tilt against the Heat tonight, according to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel (Twitter link). “We’ll know closer to tip-off,” head coach Mike Budenholzer said of Bledsoe’s health status.
A strained right hamstring kept Bledsoe out of the first game in the Bucks’ second-round series on Monday, a 115-104 loss to fifth-seeded Miami. Sharpshooting veteran George Hill started in Bledsoe’s stead, though the team clearly missed Bledsoe’s perimeter defense.
In 36 minutes, Hill scored 8 points on 2-of-5 shooting from the floor and had as many turnovers as he did assists (four). Hill’s Miami counterpart Goran Dragic netted 27 points and proved a crucial contributor to the Heat’s surprise Game 1 victory.
In the Bucks’ first-round 4-1 defeat of the Magic, Bledsoe averaged 11.6 PPG and 6.6 APG (a club high) while playing his typical excellent defense.