The Milwaukee Bucks lost Pat Connaughton to injury against the Miami Heat on November 28 when he suffered a nasty ankle sprain.
Head Coach Adrian Griffin provided a new injury update on Connaughton on December 10, telling reporters that the guard is progressing and that he's hoping Connaughton's return will come in the next "four, five, six, seven days."
Prior to Milwaukee's In-Season Tournament loss to the Indiana Pacers, Connaughton was spotted getting some work in on the court, showing that he is indeed progressing. As long as all goes well, Connaughton should be back on the floor soon.
Coach Griffin shares update on injured Bucks wing Pat Connaughton
Even before the injury, it was a tough start to the season for Connaughton. The guard was having his least-productive season since 2019-20, his second year with the Bucks, averaging 5.8 points while shooting 42.2 percent from the floor and 33.9 percent from three with 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Missing all of this time could very well hinder Connaughton's chances of getting into a groove further as he tries to get reacclimated into the swing of things. It's a tough situation for the guard, who's still trying to bounce back from a tough year last season, but he's got to embrace the challenge ahead.
In the past, Connaughton proved himself to be a valuable reserve on a title-winning team by bringing reliable 3-point shooting, defense, and hustle whenever he touched the floor. The Bucks desperately need that version of Connaughton to resurface upon him returning.
For a team looking to establish an identity, particularly defensively, having a jack of all trades wing who is extremely versatile would help out tremendously.
As a whole, Milwaukee's bench hasn't had much continuity this season. Headlined by Jae Crowder needing surgery, this group has been banged up, as Crowder, Connaughton, MarJon Beauchamp, and Andre Jackson Jr. have all missed time due to various injuries.
Thankfully, it appears the bench brigade is trending in the right direction as Connaughton nears his return and Crowder progresses toward his return. That should help the Bucks as a whole.
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