Milwaukee Bucks: 4 players stepping up in the face of injury

BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 1 - George Hill #3, Pat Connaughton #24, and Bonzie Colson #50 of the Milwaukee Bucks arrive at the arena before the game against the Brooklyn Nets on April 1, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - APRIL 1 - George Hill #3, Pat Connaughton #24, and Bonzie Colson #50 of the Milwaukee Bucks arrive at the arena before the game against the Brooklyn Nets on April 1, 2019 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images) /
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Sterling Brown

Like Hill, second-year wing Sterling Brown endured quite a lengthy layoff as a result of picking up a right wrist injury shortly after the Bucks picked up play following the All-Star break.

After being sidelined for 13 games, Brown has hit the ground running, and then some, since returning to action back on March 22 in the Bucks’ commanding win over the Miami Heat.

Small sample size alert, but the former Mustang is averaging 13.3 points on shooting splits of .508/.423/.600, along with 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in his six appearances with the Bucks since getting back up to speed. Brown even tallied a new career scoring high of 27 points in the shorthanded Bucks’ overtime defeat to the Atlanta Hawks last Sunday afternoon.

While it’s been encouraging to see Brown draw fire from long range consistently in this stretch, it’s been the self-generating offense we’ve seen from him, as well as his deft finishing at the basket, that’s resulted in a more confident, measured attacker of the cup.

With his hard nosed defense in tow, Brown’s giving all Bucks fans an extended look at how he’s harnessing his potential. Hopefully, that will continue in the final week of the season, as well as into the postseason.