The Milwaukee Bucks have not played too many games with their full squad intact this season, a trend that will continue when they take on the Detroit Pistons tonight.
Coach Adrian Griffin provided injury updates on several players, sharing some good and bad news.
Milwaukee Bucks coach provides several key injury updates ahead of clash with Detroit
On the positive side of things, Griffin said that both Pat Connaughton and Chris Livingston will be back for Milwaukee after dealing with injuries recently. While Livingston hasn't played a prominent role for the Bucks, Connaughton has thus far, and even though he's been struggling this season, it'll be nice to have him back on the floor healthy for more help on the wing.
That statement about wing reinforcements is especially true since Griffin said Khris Middleton will be out for the Bucks on the first night of a back to back. That has been a common theme this season, so him sitting out is nothing new. With Middleton out, keep an eye on rookie stud Andre Jackson Jr., who has seen an increase in minutes when there are holes in the lineup this season.
Griffin also said that Giannis Antetokounmpo, coming off a historic 64 point outing, is feeling a bit under the weather, but he is still expected to suit up for the Bucks against the Pistons. However, it's certainly something to monitor as the game inches closer, as illnesses can be unpredictable. Giannis will likely tough it out and give it a go, but nothing is set in stone just yet.
Jae Crowder remains out after undergoing adductor surgery several weeks ago, but he was recently seen getting in some work on the court, which is a positive sign. Though he return date is not clear yet, getting him back will be a huge boost for the Bucks.
On the other side of things, Marvin Bagley III is listed as questionable for the Pistons with a low back sprain. Jalen Duren and Monte Morris are also out, as are Detroit's three two-way contract players.
Even with both sides missing key personnel, it should be a good game between Central Division rivals.
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