The Milwaukee Bucks will play their first basketball of the 2023-24 NBA season tonight when they host the Philadelphia 76ers.
With several Bucks missing time throughout the preseason, there were question marks about who might be in and out of the lineup. All that said, let us take a closer look at the injury report.
Bucks’ injury report vs. 76ers for Oct. 26
Bucks coach Adrian Griffin told reporters yesterday that everyone participated in practice and that he anticipates everyone suiting up in the opener. That appears to be the case, as the latest injury report for Milwaukee is clean heading into tonight’s matchup.
Khris Middleton was a big question mark, having played just 12 minutes in the entire preseason as he recovers from off-season surgery. Though he will suit up, Griffin made it clear that the Bucks must be smart with Middleton and his workload. The forward will likely be on a minutes restriction as he continues working his way back to 100 percent.
Bobby Portis and Cameron Payne were also banged up near the end of the preseason, so it’s great to see them ready to contribute after some early adversity. These are set to be two key cogs for a retooled Milwaukee bench, and it’ll be great to see them in action.
With everyone starting the season together on the floor, it gives Coach Adrian Griffin a chance to craft his rotation the way he wants. It will also allow the players to build in-game chemistry with one another, which is something they need, as there are so many new parts in town.
On the other side of things, the 76ers will be without a key cog in James Harden, who has been out of town for quite some time. Harden is ruled out due to “Return to Competition Reconditioning.” The veteran guard has been away from the team for most of the summer and did not partake in a single preseason game.
All of Philadelphia’s two-way players and Azuolas Tubelis are also listed as out.
Coverage of tonight’s opening game will follow in the coming hours.
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