The Milwaukee Bucks are the hottest team in the NBA right now. The scary things for the rest of the league is they are not even at full strength. Trade deadline pickup Jae Crowder has not played yet and Bobby Portis is still sidelined with an injury. However, that is expected to change very soon.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters he expects both Jae Crowder and Bobby Portis to play on Friday against the Heat. https://t.co/UYybeo1Q6w
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Milwaukee Bucks Expecting To Get Jae Crowder And Bobby Portis Back
Head coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters that he expects both Crowder and Portis to be back on Friday. With only a third of the season left, the Bucks need to finalize their rotation and get players feeling comfortable with each other. Getting both of these players back is huge. Portis becomes the anchor of the bench unit and Crowder adds some depth, defense and shooting that the Bucks desperately need.
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Health Is The Biggest Hurdle
Health seems to be the biggest worry for this Bucks team. Giannis Antetokounmpo avoided major injury but might be sidelined in the short term. Khris Middleton has looked better the past few weeks but is also dealing with some nagging injuries. If everyone is back and healthy, the Bucks are going to be hard to beat. They are a lock down defensive team who have the best player in basketball right now in Giannis. With the addition of Crowder, the team now has depth to make a deep postseason run.
The good news is that the Bucks are on this win streak even though players have been out. This should only bolster the lineup. Milwaukee is closing in on Boston for the no. 1 see in the Eastern Conference. Hopefully, they can surpass them and the road to the Finals will run through Milwaukee.
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