Riding a five-game win streak, the Milwaukee Bucks head into their biggest matchup of the 2023-24 NBA season thus far with a clash against the Boston Celtics tonight.
While everyone would love to see these two teams go at it at full strength, there are some question marks for both sides that could prevent that. Let's now break down the injury report for both sides.
Bucks, Celtics injury report for November 22
Damian Lillard popped up on the injury report with an oblique strain, which he seemingly suffered in a win over the Washington Wizards in the team's last outing. After being listed as probable previously, he's been upgraded to available. The Bucks need all hands on deck for this one, so it's good that this injury is clearly not hindering Lillard too much, though it's worth keeping an eye on moving forward.
Another Buck who has been upgraded to available after being "probable" is MarJon Beauchamp, who has been out the past several games due to an ankle sprain. Having Beauchamp back in the lineup will be a big boost for this contest, as the Bucks could use his defense and length against Boston. Chris Livingston, another youngster who has missed time due to an ankle sprain, is also available.
Jae Crowder, who is expected to miss several weeks after undergoing a procedure, is listed as out, as are Milwaukee's three two-way players. None of these are too surprising.
On the opposite side of things, Boston's Jayson Tatum has been added to the injury report due to an illness, and he's questionable. Not having him would obviously be a big blow for Boston, and it will be interesting to see if he's able to give it a go. Tatum sitting out would take some of the air out of this star-studded matchup, but the Celtics roster is still filled with notable names.
Jordan Walsh and all of Boston's two-way players are listed as out for G-League assignment.
Ultimately, both teams have questions leading up to tonight's heavyweight matchup, and it will be interesting to see how the final lineups shake out.
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