Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon has been ruled out of the first two games of the Eastern Conference second-round series with the Boston Celtics as he continues his recovery from a plantar fascia tear in his right foot.
Brogdon hasn't played since sustaining the injury on March 15.
"We'll reassess him after the first two," Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer told reporters on Thursday. "We're hopeful that (his return) will be this series. He's been kind of on track and meeting (benchmarks), but he's still got some hurdles to cover.
"An important five to six days here. We'll assess it when we kind of get through this next little wave."
The top-seeded Bucks had been hoping Brogdon would return for the first-round series against the Detroit Pistons, but that proved to be too optimistic of a timeline. Milwaukee didn't miss him while rolling to a four-game sweep.
Now the Bucks are hopeful he'll return sometime next week. Budenholzer said Brogdon has remained around the team throughout the process.
"I think he's been really engaged, which I think is just good for him emotionally, psychologically," the coach said. "It's good for our team. He's a really smart guy, he offers insight and different things that are unique. You always have a different vantage point, and Malcolm's is special. I think he's been really good and really engaged."
Brogdon averaged 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 64 games in his third NBA season. He was the Rookie of the Year two seasons ago.
--Field Level Media
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