Damian Lillard was Milwaukee’s best player of the evening as the seven-time All-Star dropped a massive 37-point, 12-assist double-double, but you could say that this was to be expected from Dame with his superstar partner out of commission.
Beasley, however, went off on a career night to help lead the Bucks to a 128-112 win over the Toronto Raptors.
Milwaukee Bucks’ Injury Woes
Giannis was ruled out earlier in the day due to a calf injury. The extent of his injury remains unclear and at this point, his status for Milwaukee’s upcoming back-to-back set on Thursday and Friday is up in the air.
Joining him on the sidelines against the Raptors is Jae Crowder. The veteran swingman suffered a groin injury against the Orlando Magic on Friday and unfortunately, he will now need to undergo surgery. Crowder is expected to miss the next two months because of the injury.
As if those weren’t enough, Milwaukee also lost MarJon Beauchamp in the second quarter of Wednesday’s showdown. The second-year wing was unable to return after spraining his ankle. His status moving forward is also unknown at this point.
Bucks Power Through
Amid his team’s injury problems, Malik Beasley stepped it up in a major way. The 26-year-old went off for 30 points on eight triples to help lead Milwaukee to a victory.
After the win, Beasley was asked to share his thoughts on the Bucks not having Giannis, and then losing Beauchamp during the game. Beasley made sure the reporter would not forget about Crodwer’s absence:
“Jae Crowder, too. We’re still thinking about you, brother. We love you. Keep healing,” Beasley said.
“We just got resilient. We’re a deep team. I think that we wanna be where we wanna be. We still got to learn about a lot of things. I think we’re a great team. We just gotta keep growing and learning from each other.”
— Bally Sports Wisconsin (@BallySportWI) November 16, 2023
Wednesday’s win was definitely a step in the right direction for a Bucks team that’s still trying to establish its identity early in the season.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Malik Beasley was acquired by the Milwaukee Bucks through free agency. The team signed him on a veteran minimum contract, highlighting the Bucks' strategy of enhancing their roster with high-impact players while managing salary cap constraints.
Yes, Malik Beasley was a starter this season, having begun in the starting lineup for 13 games. During these starts, he has contributed significantly, with an average of 10.8 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.3 assists per game. His performance showcases his value on the court as a starting player.
Malik Beasley is shooting an impressive 48.6 percent from three-point range. This high accuracy showcases his skills beyond the arc, contributing significantly to his team's offensive performance.