It may seem too good to be Jrue, but it is definitely not. At long last, Bucks guard Jrue Holiday is expected to make his return to the court against the Clippers on Sunday. This comes via a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Saturday night.
After having missed the last 10 games due to COVID-related protocols, Holiday’s return is sure to be a welcome one. He has not suited up since February 6th at Cleveland, logging 20p/3r/8a in that contest. For the season, the guard is averaging 16.4p/4.8r/5.4a per night as a key cog in the Milwaukee Machine. His absence has been missed in the interim, particularly on the defensive end. In the games without Jrue Holiday, the Bucks have given up over 110 points in all but one of those contests. By comparison, they had done so in just six of their 14 contests before Holiday went into the protocol.
So, what does Holiday’s return mean? Well, with some big-time guards including Jamal Murray, Ja Morant, and Russell Westbrook on the horizon, a lot in the short term. Perhaps even more important, though, will be the spark and impact it will have on the team’s morale. Even with him simply on the bench recently, you could tell the players’ demeanor changed in a big way.
Like I mentioned before, Jrue Holiday is an important piece of what the Bucks have. Now, that piece returns again to (hopefully) help the Bucks really get back to running on all cylinders.