Milwaukee Bucks Player News: All Positions

News: Korver agreed to a one-year contract with the Bucks on Saturday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Korver had narrowed his choices down to Milwaukee and Philadelphia, but his past relationship with coach Mike Budenholzer likely gave the Bucks and edge. The veteran sharp-shooter will not likely see heavy minutes, but his experience could make him valuable in clutch situations when the team needs a spark off the bench. He hit 2.0 triples per game on 38.4 percent from beyond the arc last season.
News: Mason signed a two-way contract with the Bucks on Saturday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Mason averaged 6.8 points, 2.6 assists, and 0.5 triples across 15.8 minutes per game in his first two seasons with the Kings. The Bucks do not have an option for the third point guard on their depth chart yet, so Mason will have the opportunity to earn the role.
News: Reynolds signed a two-way contract with the Bucks on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Reynolds saw limited action with the Wolves after going undrafted out of Tulane last season, appearing in 19 games and posting averages of 5.0 points and 1.6 rebounds across 13.6 minutes per game. He'll likely spend most of his time in the G League with the Wisconsin Herd.
News: Tucker collected 13 points (5-10 FG, 3-7 3Pt, 0-1 FT), three assists, one rebound and two steals across 25 minutes during the Bucks' 99-84 loss to the Trail Blazers in a Las Vegas Summer League consolation game Friday.
Impact: The undrafted rookie had his moments in Las Vegas, and he made a good final impression Friday. Tucker averaged 10.2 points (on 43.0 percent shooting), 3.6 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 1.0 steal across just 19.8 minutes during five games of summer league action. Tucker already inked a partially guaranteed contract with the Bucks earlier in the summer following a strong final college season at Little Rock.
News: Colson managed 14 points (6-10 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists and two steals across 25 minutes during the Bucks' 99-84 loss to the Trail Blazers in a Las Vegas Summer League consolation game Friday.
Impact: Colson found his way into eight regular-season games during his rookie season, posting averages of 4.9 points and 3.8 rebounds across 12.3 minutes per contest. The 23-year-old followed that up with a solid showing in Las Vegas, averaging 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist across 22.4 minutes over five games. He'll look to continue showing well in training camp and preseason in the hopes of earning a reserve wing role from the start of the upcoming season.
News: Bryant totaled 31 points (11-15 FG, 5-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven rebounds and two assists over 24 minutes in the Bucks' 100-91 loss to the Timberwolves in the Las Vegas Summer League on Monday.
Impact: Bryant is coming off a big year with Israeli team Hapoel Eliat, in which he led the team to the Israeli League Final Four and earned an All-Israeli League First Team selection. He's giving the NBA another shot and will need to impress the Bucks after going undrafted in 2018 and briefly playing summer league ball for the 76ers last year.
News: Antetokounmpo will sign a two-year contract with Milwaukee, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Antetokounmpo had signed to play with the Bucks' summer league team but hasn't yet appeared for the team. The 26-year-old forward is the older brother of reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and last played for Panathinaikos in Greece. He's likely looking at a depth role at best with Milwaukee.
News: Colson finished with 18 points (6-11 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 3-5 FT) and four rebounds in 21 minutes during Saturday's 89-83 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Colson was extremely efficient and effective offensively once again, this after pouring in 22 points (5-10 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 11-13 FT), five boards, two steals, one assist, and one block in 25 minutes during Friday's summer league opener versus the 76ers. Colson's ability to put the ball in the basket from all over the floor and then crass the glass on both ends gives him an avenue toward eventual success. Still, even if he does stick with the Bucks, it won't be easy for Colson to earn consistent minutes on a contender.
News: Landale tallied 13 points (6-12 FG, 1-2 3Pt), eight rebounds, two assists, and one steal in 26 minutes during Saturday's 89-83 win over the Hawks.
Impact: Landale was a key contributor once again, this after exploding for 25 points (6-13 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 10-10 FT) and 10 boards in Friday's summer league opener against the 76ers. Landale's ability to step out beyond the arc while also thriving inside the paint makes him a potentially intriguing fit for Milwaukee. Still, even if he does end up signing a deal with the Bucks, he'd likely have to leapfrog one the Lopez twins in order to crack the regular rotation.
News: Wilson is out for Saturday's summer league game against the Hawks due to a sore hamstring, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.
Impact: There's no indication Wilson's hamstring injury is serious. The Bucks are most likely just exercising caution considering it's exhibition play.
News: Matthews and the Bucks have agreed to terms on a contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Matthews is coming off of an up-and-down year split between three franchises, but he'll enter a much more stable environment in Milwaukee, where he'll help fill the void left by Malcolm Brogdon's departure. There's a chance Matthews could start, but he'll likely settle into a slightly reduced role after averaging 30-plus minutes per game in every season since 2010, but he could still be a source of three-pointers. The Madison, Wis. native and Marquette product has averaged 6.6 three-point attempts per game over the last five seasons.
News: Lopez and the Bucks agreed to a two-year, $4.8 million contract Sunday, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Lopez, who averaged 9.5 points and 3.9 rebounds over 74 games with the Bulls last season, is set to join his brother, Brook Lopez, in Milwaukee, assuming the deal becomes official. While Robin doesn't have the ability to shoot the ball from distance like his sibling, he's shot over 50 percent from the field over the last two seasons and figures to provide the Bucks with depth down low.
News: Hill and the Bucks agreed to a three-year, $29 million contract Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Bucks did lose Malcolm Brogdon to the Pacers earlier in the day, but they were able to lock down Hill, who has been a valuable bench piece since joining Milwaukee from the Cavs in December of 2018. He averaged 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists over 60 games last year, and he figures to slot in as the backup point guard behind Eric Bledsoe for the 2019-2020 campaign.
News: Middleton is expected to sign a five-year, $178 million contract to remain with the Bucks when free agency opens Sunday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: As reported deals continue to roll in, this one shouldn't come as much of a surprise, as most indications have pointed to Middleton remaining in Milwaukee. The Bucks may be slightly overpaying for the first-time-All-Star's services, but with a window to contend around Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee had virtually no immediate avenue to replace Middleton if he were to sign elsewhere.
News: Lopez is expected to sign a four-year, $52 million deal with the Bucks onces free agency officially opens, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Lopez was a key ingredient in the Bucks' offense in the 2018-19 season. He averaged 12.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.2 blocks, and a career high 2.3 triples across 28.7 minutes per game. The 30-year-old figures to provide similar numbers going forward.
News: Brogdon is officially a restricted free agent after being extended a qualifying offer by the Bucks, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reports.
Impact: Brogdon played a vital role as the Bucks delivered the best record in the NBA this season, averaging 15.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 28.6 minutes over 64 games. The 26-year-old shot 50.5 percent from the field, 42.6 percent from three and 92.8 percent from the free-throw line and is expected to garner plenty of interest as a restricted free agent.
News: Mirotic has decided to sign a contract with Barcelona of the EuroLeague, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: In a shocking development, Mirotic -- reportedly in the market for a $45-50 million NBA deal -- has decided to sign overseas. It's not immediately clear what prompted this decision or if Mirotic has plans of returning to the NBA in the near future. His loss to a non-NBA team makes the role player market a little thinner for free agency, which officially starts Sunday afternoon.
News: Hill was waived by the Bucks on Friday and became an unrestricted free agent, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Hill was an integral part of the Bucks' rotation down the stretch and in the playoffs. However, the front office, understandably, was not prepared to pay Hill the $18 million he would have been owed had he not been waived. Hill figures to be a sought-after free agent capable of playing both guard spots and providing good defense as well as three-point shooting.
News: Tucker has signed a partially-guaranteed contract with the Bucks, Darren Wolfson of SKOR North reports.
Impact: Tucker went unselected during the 2019 NBA Draft. Last season, he was selected to the 2018-19 All-Sun Belt team on the back of 20.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.1 steals. He also shot 41.1 percent from deep on 5.8 attempts per contest.
News: DiVincenzo (heel) won't play in Summer League, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.
Impact: DiVincenzo played in just 27 games for the Bucks in his rookie season, averaging 4.9 points and 2.4 rebounds over that stretch. He was unavailable down the stretch of the regular season and into the playoffs due to bilateral heel bursitis, and it appears he's not yet healthy enough to play this summer for Milwaukee.
News: The Bucks traded Snell to the Pistons on Wednesday in exchange for Jon Leuer and the No. 30 overall pick in Thursday's draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Snell appeared in 74 games during his third season with the Bucks, averaging 6.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.1 triples in 17.6 minutes per game. The playing time he received marked nearly a 10-minute decrease in his 2017-18 average, and Snell dropped out of the rotation entirely for most of the Bucks' playoff run. He'll have an easier path to minutes in Detroit but has always been a low-usage player, which puts a major cap on his fantasy utility.
News: Middleton has declined his $13 million player option for 2019-20, making him an unrestricted free agent, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports. However, he and the Bucks are planning to work together toward a long-term deal.
Impact: As expected, Middleton has declined his player option to seek more money in free agency. Since signing his previous contract in the summer of 2015, Middleton has averaged 18.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.4 steals while shooting 38.1 percent from beyond the arc. He made his first All-Star team last season, and he will enter the 2019-20 campaign in his age 28 season. Middleton and Milwaukee's front office will try to find common ground for an extension. Still, it's possible another team attempts to swoop in with a more enticing offer.
News: Antetokounmpo compiled 24 points (9-18 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 4-9 FT), six rebounds, six assists, and one block in 39 minutes during Thursday's 105-99 loss to Toronto.
Impact: Antetokounmpo came away with 24 points Thursday, rounding out what was really just a mediocre night for the superstar. The numbers were decent enough but he was unable to carry the team to victory and was once again outplayed by Kawhi Leonard who finished with a game-high 35 points for the Raptors. It has not been the best week for Antetokounmpo and the Bucks are now just one game away from being eliminated. He will need to shoulder a lot during Game 6 on Saturday if the Bucks are to overcome what will be a vicious Raptors home crowd and force a deciding Game 7.
News: Bledsoe totaled 20 points (6-14 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 6-6 FT), four rebounds, and two assists in 34 minutes during Thursday's 105-99 loss to Toronto.
Impact: Bledsoe rebounded from his disappointing effort in Game 4, finishing with 20 points in 34 minutes Thursday. Despite five players ending with double-digits, the Bucks were unable to produce the victory for their home fans and must now head North for what is a must-win game Saturday. Bledsoe has certainly not been at his best over the past few games but the coaching staff will be hoping for a vintage type performance once again as they attempt to force a series decider in Milwaukee on Monday.
News: Brogdon tallied 18 points (8-17 FG, 2-6 3Pt), 11 rebounds, six assists, and one steal in 34 minutes during Thursday's 105-99 loss to Toronto.
Impact: Brogdon moved into the starting lineup Thursday, replacing Nikola Mirotic who has been struggling of late. Brogdon was arguably the best player for the Bucks, ending with 18 points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough as the Bucks lost their third straight game, now only one loss away from elimination. Game 6 will be in Toronto on Saturday and Brogdon will almost certainly remain in the starting lineup for that one.
News: Mirotic missed all four of his field-goal attempts, adding just two rebounds in nine minutes during Thursday's 105-99 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Mirotic moved back to the bench Thursday, playing just nine minutes in the Game 5 loss. He has struggled mightily throughout this series and the trend continued here with arguably his worst performance of the season. Given his lack of production, there is a chance he falls out of the rotation completely. The Bucks need to turn things around after losing three straight games or risk what can only be described as a disappointing end to what has been a fantastic season.
News: Middleton finished with six points (2-9 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, and 10 assists in 36 minutes during Thursday's 105-99 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Middleton couldn't get anything going on the offensive end Thursday, ending the game with just six points on 2-of-9 shooting. He did, however, manage to accumulate a double-double with 10 boards and 10 assists. This was a devastating loss for the Bucks who will now need to win on the road in Game 6 to force a deciding matchup. Both teams have a lot to play for and after getting out to what appeared to be a somewhat comfortable 2-0 lead, the Bucks will need to regroup if they hope to reach the NBA Finals.
News: Mirotic will come off the bench in Thursday's Game 5 against the Raptors.
Impact: After getting blown out in Game 4 the Bucks are taking Mirotic out of the starting lineup in favor of Malcolm Brogdon. Mirotic will figure to continue seeing minutes off the bench as the Bucks look to reclaim a lead in the series.
News: Brogdon will start at shooting guard in Thursday's Game 5 against Toronto, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Brogdon hasn't started since injuring his foot in March, but had been the teams starting shooting guard for the entire season up to that point. He'll replace Nikola Mirotic, who has started the first-four games of the series, as the Bucks look to reclaim the series lead.
News: Mirotic totaled 11 points (4-10 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), two assists, one rebound and one steal over 25 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Impact: Mirotic finished with another pedestrian performance in Tuesday's loss, scoring just 11 points and doing little else other than scoring. In 12 games prior to Tuesday, he averaged 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds, making only 1.7 threes and shooting 38.8 percent from the floor and 30.8 percent from three. His shooting slump and limited production have rendered him virtually unusable in daily contests.
News: Middleton totaled 30 points (11-15 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 4-5 FT), seven assists and six rebounds over 36 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Impact: Middleton led the Bucks in scoring with 30 points on a very efficient shooting night, nailing four three-pointers along the way. His scoring explosion was unexpected, considering he totaled 32 points combined in his last three games. With most of the Bucks struggling except for Giannis Antetokounmpo, Middleton stepped up and made a big impact, despite the loss.
News: Brogdon totaled four points (2-11 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 0-1 FT), five rebounds and three assists over 28 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Impact: Brogdon came up small with just four points on a very cold shooting night. His final stat line was dismal, especially considering his recent streak of productive outings. In four prior games leading up to Game 4, Brogdon averaged 14.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.3 assists. He's put up quality stat lines in 26.5 minutes per game, so he's likely to bounce back in Thursday's Game 5 in Milwaukee.
News: Antetokounmpo totaled 25 points (9-17 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-10 FT), 10 rebounds, five assists, three blocks and a steal over 30 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Raptors on Tuesday.
Impact: Antetokounmpo bounced back from a 12-point showing in Sunday's loss to score 25 on Tuesday. He's now put up four straight double-doubles while totaling some monster rebound numbers. The all-around stat line Antetokounmpo produced is typical of his well-rounded play.
News: Wilson (ankle) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 4 against Toronto.
Impact: Wilson played briefly in Game 2 during the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, but he didn't sniff the court in a double-overtime loss Sunday night. He hasn't been involved in the rotation since the postseason began, so even if his ankle is feeling good enough to play, he likely won't see much playing time.
News: Brogdon is expected to continue to come off the bench in the Eastern Conference Finals, Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Brogdon has been arguably the Bucks' most consistent performer since returning from injury for Game 5 against the Celtics. He's reached double-digits off the bench in each of the last four games, including going for 20 points and five rebounds in Sunday's Game 3 loss in Toronto. While Brogdon would provide added stability to a starting five that includes Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe -- both of whom had horrific offensive games Sunday -- coach Mike Budenholzer intimated Monday that he likes the firepower Brogdon brings to Milwaukee's second unit. Heading into Tuesday's Game 4, all indications are that Budenholzer will stick with the same starting five he's employed since Game 2 of the Celtics series.
News: Hill finished with 24 points (7-9 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 37 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Hill was magnificent for the Bucks during Sunday's double-overtime loss, finishing the game with a team-high 24 points on 7-of-9 shooting. He continues to play big minutes and was even on the floor down the stretch on this one, the preferred option over Eric Bledsoe who had been struggling. Hill's veteran presence and leadership are exactly why the Bucks acquired him and it appears he is going to be invaluable for the team moving forward. He will certainly not put up numbers like this every night and the Bucks will be hoping he doesn't need to in lieu of the starting unit finding some form.
News: Brogdon ended with 20 points (8-17 FG, 3-8 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five rebounds, two steals, and one assist in 37 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 loss to Toronto.
Impact: Brogdon played 37 minutes in Sunday's double-overtime loss, continuing to increase his workload after recently returning from a long-term foot injury. Both he and George Hill provided plenty of spark off the bench, almost helping the Bucks to an improbable victory. Despite coming off the bench, Brogdon typically features heavily in the Bucks late-game antics and should once again find himself with a sizeable role come Game 4 on Tuesday.
News: Antetokounmpo compiled 12 points (5-16 FG, 0-3 3Pt, 2-7 FT), 23 rebounds, seven assists, four blocks, and one steal in 45 minutes during Sunday's 118-112 loss to the Raptors.
Impact: Antetokounmpo struggled from the field Sunday, hitting just 5-of-16 on his way to 12 points. Poor shooting night aside, Antetokounmpo was everywhere on the floor, hauling in 23 rebounds to go with seven assists and four blocks. Given the Bucks starting unit shot a combined 19-of-69 from the field, the fact the game went into double-overtime is quite amazing. Their bench was able to carry them through much of the game and they will take a lot out of the loss heading into Game 4. Antetokounmpo will likely look to be far more aggressive Tuesday as the Bucks attempt to steal a victory away from the Raptors.
News: Wilson (ankle) is listed as out Sunday for Game 3 of the Bucks' Eastern Conference Finals matchup with the Raptors.
Impact: Wilson's sore left ankle kept him sidelined for Game 5 of the Bucks' second-round series with the Celtics and Game 1 against Toronto, but he saw three minutes in garbage time in Milwaukee's Game 2 victory. The big man may have sustained a setback during his limited run, however, and now looks like he'll be included among the Bucks' inactives as the series shifts to Toronto.
News: Mirotic tallied 15 points (5-10 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 3-4 FT), and six rebounds in 23 minutes during Friday's 125-103 victory over Toronto.
Impact: Mirotic was hot to begin the game Friday, helping the Bucks to a commanding first-quarter lead. He cooled off from then but the damage was essentially done with the Bucks steamrolling the Raptors in an eventual 22-point victory. Mirotic continues to run with the starters despite the return of Malcolm Brogdon and it appears that could remain the case for the immediate future. The Bucks will now head North where they will look to take a stranglehold on the series as they look to reach their first NBA Finals since 1974.
News: Brogdon totaled 14 points (5-10 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 1-2 FT), five assists, four rebounds, and one steal in 25 minutes during Friday's 125-103 victory over the Raptors.
Impact: Brogdon, playing in just his third game since returning from injury, continues to produce for the Bucks despite coming off the bench. It remains unclear as to whether he will eventually move back into the starting lineup, although given their current state of play, he could remain on the bench at least for the foreseeable future. He certainly adds another dimension to the Bucks on both ends of the floor and their depth right now is unquestionably the best remaining in the playoffs.
News: Ilyasova ended with 17 points (7-11 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in 21 minutes during Friday's 125-103 victory over Toronto.
Impact: Despite another impressive performance from Giannis Antetokounmpo, it was the bench unit that shone during the Bucks easy Game 2 victory over the Raptors. Ilyasova himself had his best game of the playoffs, dropping 17 points in just 21 minutes. He nailed two triples as well taking a number of charges, something he is very adept at doing. The Bucks run nine players deep on most nights and their ability to garner production from a range of sources certainly gives them a foot up on their opponents.
News: Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points (10-20 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 9-12 FT), 17 rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and one steal in 35 minutes during Friday's 125-103 victory over the Raptors.
Impact: Unlike the Game 1 victory, the Bucks led from start to finish to take a commanding 2-0 series lead over the Raptors. Antetokounmpo was unstoppable and led the Bucks with 30 points to go with 17 rebounds and numbers across the board. He was earlier named as a finalist in the MVP award as well as defensive player of the year, and his complete skillset was certainly on show in this one. The series will now head north to Toronto where the Bucks will look to steal at least one road game. Look for Antetokounmpo to continue his stellar production despite what will undoubtedly be a hostile crowd.
News: Middleton totaled 11 points (4-12 FG, 1-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four assists and a steal across 35 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Raptors on Wednesday.
Impact: Middleton had a hard time buying a bucket in Wednesday's win, scoring just 11 points after averaging 19.1 points through nine prior games. He grabbed his most boards of the playoffs with 11, accumulating a double-double. With Malcolm Brogdon healthy and Brook Lopez on a roll, the scoring totals may be on the decline for Middleton as the playoffs progress.
News: Antetokounmpo totaled 24 points (7-16 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 9-12 FT), 14 rebounds, six assists, three blocks and two steals across 37 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Raptors on Wednesday.
Impact: Antetokounmpo did it all in Wednesday's win, finishing with a monster Game 1 stat line. He stayed in attack mode and made 12 trips to the free throw line on his way to a 24-point night. He grabbed 14 boards including four on the offensive glass, swatted three shots, and got his teammates involved with six assists. He's piled up 27.4 points, 11.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.2 steals in nine postseason games prior to Game 1.
News: Brogdon totaled 15 points (5-9 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 2-2 FT), three rebounds and three assists across 25 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Raptors on Wednesday.
Impact: Brogdon came off the bench once again, but he provided quality minutes, leading the second unit with 15 points. He appears healthy enough to play more minutes and enter the starting lineup, but with the Bucks humming, he'll likely retain his bench role and lead a deep bench.
News: Lopez totaled 29 points (12-21 FG, 4-11 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 rebounds, four blocks and two assists across 35 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Raptors on Wednesday.
Impact: Lopez made his mark on Wednesday's win with a dominant double-double and four blocks. He was seemingly everywhere on the court, draining four threes, crashing the glass, and even driving to the rim. His aggressive approach paid dividends and contributed heavily to a Game 1 win. He may have earned more liberties on the offensive end of the floor ahead of Friday's Game 2 matchup.
News: Wilson (ankle) is listed as out Wednesday for Game 1 of the Bucks' Eastern Conference Finals series with the Raptors.
Impact: The left ankle sprain previously sidelined Wilson for the final game of the Bucks' second-round series with the Celtics. Despite having nearly a full week off to recuperate, Wilson is apparently still slowed by the injury and could be at risk of missing additional games beyond Wednesday. Wilson is uncertain to be included in coach Mike Budenholzer's regular rotation even when he's back to full strength.
News: Brogdon will remain in a bench role for Game 1 against the Raptors, TNT's Kristen Ledlow reports.
Impact: Brogdon made his return in Game 5 against Boston after a month-long layoff, and while he looked good in 17 minutes of action -- scoring 10 points to go with four assists -- the Bucks will ease him into a larger role. Coach Mike Budenholzer said Brogdon will get a "bump in minutes" for Game 1, but he noted that the team is aiming to bring him back in a "logical and sensible way." Brogdon, himself, appears to be embracing his new role, however temporary it may be. "It's fun," Brogdon said. "We play a different style of basketball without so many juggernauts in the second unit. We move the ball and serve as a spark plug."
News: Mirotic will remain in the starting lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 against Toronto, TNT's Kristen Ledlow reports.
Impact: With Malcolm Brogdon sidelined to begin the playoffs, Milwaukee initially rolled with Sterling Brown in the starting lineup, but Brown struggled to begin the second round series against Boston and was replaced by Mirotic for Game 2. The Bucks rolled with that alignment for the rest of the series, and after a five-game victory, coach Mike Budenholzer will stick with Mirotic at one forward spot, with Giannis Antetokounmpo at the other. Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton will continue to start in the backcourt, while Brogdon will come off the bench, as he did in Game 5 against the Celtics.
News: Head coach Mike Budenholzer said Sunday that that plan is for Brogdon to play more minutes in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Charles Gardner of The Associated Press reports.
Impact: Brogdon played 17 minutes off the bench in Game 5 against the Celtics, and looked terrific, scoring 10 points and dishing out four assists in that time. With Brogdon now looking healthier in practice, the Bucks believe he is ready to see an increased role. Whether that means he will be starting or not, however, is yet to be determined.
News: Gasol underwent surgery on his left foot Thursday and will miss the rest of the playoffs.
Impact: There was never much optimism that Gasol would ever be healthy enough to play in the postseason after missing the last 23 games with the injury. Now, Gasol will have the opportunity to spend the summer rehabbing as he is expected to be ready to go for the start of the 2019-20 season.
News: Mirotic totaled 10 points (3-10 FG, 2-8 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 11 rebounds, three assists, two steals and a block across 28 minutes in the Bucks' series-clinching win over the Celtics on Wednesday.
Impact: Mirotic produced a double-double in Wednesday's win, adding quality numbers across the board. In four starts, he's averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game.
News: Middleton totaled 19 points (5-15 FG, 2-7 3Pt, 7-7 FT), eight rebounds, five assists and a steal across 34 minutes in the Bucks' series-clinching win over the Celtics on Wednesday.
Impact: Middleton did what he does best on Wednesday, making solid contributions in virtually all phases of the game. He's been spectacular in the playoffs thus far, but the return of Malcolm Brogdon (foot) could mean a step back in usage for Middleton moving forward.
News: Brogdon totaled 10 points (4-8 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four assists, three rebounds and a block across 17 minutes in the Bucks' series-clinching win over the Celtics on Wednesday.
Impact: Brogdon (foot) took the floor for the first time since Mar. 15, making mild contributions in just 17 minutes off the bench. He was in at the end of the game with the Bucks handily in control, likely to get some play time after nearly two months. His minutes will steadily increase in the Eastern Conference Finals.
News: Antetokounmpo totaled 20 points (8-14 FG, 0-2 3Pt, 4-5 FT), eight rebounds, eight assists, two steals and two blocks across 31 minutes in the Bucks' series-clinching win over the Celtics on Wednesday.
Impact: Antetokounmpo produced healthy numbers across the board, and he likely would have had an even better stat line had Milwaukee not gotten ahead so much so early. He's not only a big-time scorer; he can crash the glass, dish to teammates and play sound defense. The Bucks are on to the Eastern Conference Finals where Antetokounmpo will need to play some big minutes to advance the Bucks to the NBA Finals.
News: Hill won't have his minutes reduced for Game 5 despite the return of Malcolm Brogdon, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Despite Malcolm Brogdon returning to the court for the first time in nearly two months, Hill's current role is secure and won't be reduced. The veteran guard has taken over as the primary shooting guard with Brogdon hurt and has excelled in the playoffs, averaging 11.6 points, 3.6 assists and 2.8 rebounds across eight postseason appearances.
News: Gasol (ankle) remains without a timetable for return, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Gasol, who's missed the past 23 games with a left ankle injury, isn't likely to return anytime soon. Coach Mike Budenholzer stated that Gasol's return is "not imminent or anywhere near" at a press conference Wednesday.
News: Brogdon (foot) is slated to play in Wednesday's Game 5, Mark Murphy of the Boston Herald reports.
Impact: Brogdon, who's returning from a 21 game absence due to a plantar fascia tear, will play in "short spurts" Wednesday according to coach Mike Budenholzer. Clearly, Brogdon's minutes will be limited, although the extent to which they will be is currently unknown. Sterling Brown, Pat Connaughton and George Hill will likely see fewer minutes with Brogdon returning.
News: Wilson is out for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics due to a sprained left ankle.
Impact: Wilson didn't play in Game 3 or Game 4, so his lack of availability for Wednesday's Game 5 shouldn't matter much for the Bucks' rotation.
News: Brogdon (foot) has been upgraded to probable for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports. Assuming Brogdon plays, he will be on a minutes restriction and would come off the bench, per Andrews.
Impact: He hasn't officially been cleared, but the fact that Brogdon is expected to play is big news. He's been out since March 15 due to a plantar fascia tear, prompting Sterling Brown, George Hill and Pat Connaughton to see extra minutes. The Bucks are expected to be cautious with Brogdon in his first game back, so, from a fantasy perspective, it still might be best to avoid him.
News: Brogdon (foot) was ruled out for Wednesday's Game 5 against the Celtics, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Brogdon advanced to full contact practices over the weekend but Milwaukee will remain cautious with his potential return and a 3-1 series lead. The 26-year-old should return to a day-to-day outlook for Friday's Game 6, should the game be necessary.
News: Middleton totaled 13 points (4-19 FG, 2-10 3Pt, 3-3 FT), seven assists, three rebounds and a steal across 37 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Celtics on Monday.
Impact: Middleton produced a well-rounded stat line on Monday, coming up with some solid counting numbers behind his 13 points. Games like this are commonplace for Milewaukee's second option. though he typically scores more. Middleton came in Monday's game averaging 20.0 points per game in the playoffs.
News: Hill finished with 15 points (6-11 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 2-2 FT), five assists and four rebounds across 27 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Celtics on Monday.
Impact: Hill's 15 points on Monday marked his third consecutive double-digit scoring effort, having scored 21 in Milwaukee's Game 3 win. He seems to have carved out a solid role within the Bucks rotation, averaging 11.1 points, 3.0 assists and 2.6 rebounds in 24.3 minutes in seven games leading up to Monday.
News: Connaughton totaled nine points (3-7 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 2-3 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and a block across 33 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Celtics on Monday.
Impact: Connaughton scored nine points and pulled down 10 boards as he continues to make the most of his minutes off the bench. He's played a key role with the Bucks' second unit this postseason, having averaged 8.6 points, 7.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists over 27.6 minutes in the seven games prior to Monday.
News: Antetokounmpo totaled 39 points (15-22 FG, 2-5 3Pt, 7-10 FT), 16 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one block across 34 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Celtics on Monday.
Impact: Antetokounmpo came away with a monster effort in Monday's win, propelling the Bucks to a 3-1 series lead over Boston. He put up huge numbers in the scoring and rebounding columns while continuing to shoot with improved efficiency from the floor and from downtown. A home win on Wednesday will punch the Bucks' ticket to the conference finals, so expect Antetokounmpo to come out aggressive from the tip.
News: Gasol (ankle) has been ruled out for Game 4 against the Celtics on Monday.
Impact: Unsurprisingly, Gasol will have to wait a bit longer to make his playoff debut with the Bucks. He remains sidelined with an ankle injury.
News: Brogdon (foot) will remain out for Monday's Game 4 against Boston, Matt Velazquez of the Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: Brogdon was able to go through full contact practices over the last several days, but the Bucks will continue to be cautious and hold him out as they look to take a 3-1 series lead. Consider Brogdon day-to-day in advance of Wednesday's Game 5.
News: Head coach Mike Budenholzer was unable to update Brogdon's status for Game 4 against the Celtics, but did state there have been no setbacks in his recovery, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Brogdon is working out with the team Saturday, and he appears as close as ever to a return. Still, the Bucks are unlikely to steer from their course of caution until he is fully ready. The former Rookie of the Year has been sidelined since March 17, so he will presumably not be taking on a full workload right away once he does return.
News: Connaughton collected 14 points (5-11 FG, 4-9 3Pt), seven rebounds, two steals, and one block in 28 minutes during Friday's 123-116 Game 3 win over the Celtics.
Impact: Connaughton keeps putting himself in the right place at the right time and had the boards and steals to show for it in this one. Moreover, he was effective from beyond the arc while earning more minutes than Eric Bledsoe, who struggled (nine points on four-of-15 from the field and four assists versus four turnovers). Whether or not Malcolm Brogdon (foot) is ready to rejoin the lineup for Monday's Game 4, Connaughton seems like a solid bet to continue seeing quality minutes off the bench going forward.
News: Hill had 21 points (9-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, and three assists in 29 minutes during Friday's 123-116 Game 3 win over the Celtics.
Impact: Hill was spectacular, particularly as a scorer, and he continues to make a massive impact with Malcolm Brogdon (foot) still sidelined. Hill has provided veteran leadership off the bench while reaching double figures in scoring in four of seven playoff games this postseason, including two of the first three games in round two. It's unclear whether Brogdon will be ready to return for Monday's Game 4, but regardless Hill is likely to keep earning decent minutes given that the Celtics have essentially forced the Bucks to rely on smaller and quicker lineups across the last two contests.
News: Middleton managed 20 points (6-12 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), five assists, four rebounds, and three steals in 39 minutes during Friday's 123-116 Game 3 win over the Celtics.
Impact: Middleton has continued to perform at a high level through these first three games of the second round, this after collecting counting stats galore in the first round series versus the Celtics last year. He was extremely efficient as a scorer while filling up the stat sheet across every category except blocks in this one, and Middleton remains the clear second option offensively behind Giannis Antetokounmpo.
News: Antetokounmpo accumulated 32 points (8-13 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 16-22 FT), 13 rebounds, eight assists, three blocks, and two steals in 39 minutes during Friday's 123-116 Game 3 win over the Celtics.
Impact: Antetokounmpo posted a monster stat line, and the Bucks reclaimed home-court advantage. He lived at the charity stripe and contributed across every category except threes, and he has been superb across these last two tilts after being shut down in the series opener. With two full days of rest prior to Monday's Game 4, Antetokounmpo has plenty of time to rest and recover before trying to help his team take a commanding 3-1 series lead.
News: Mirotic will remain in the starting lineup for Friday's Game 3 against the Celtics, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
Impact: After a sluggish Game 1, coach Mike Budenholzer moved Mirotic into the starting five for Game 2, and while he struggled shooting the ball, the Bucks were able to get into a better flow, offensively, eventually overwhelming the Celtics in the third quarter. With Malcolm Brogdon (foot) still out for Game 3, Budenholzer will stick with Mirotic and Giannis Antetokounmpo up front, with Brook Lopez at center and Eric Bledsoe and Khris Middleton in the backcourt.
News: Brogdon (foot) is out for Friday's Game 3 against the Celtics, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: While there are indications that Brogdon is progressing well, he will need some more time to recover before playing in a game. His next opportunity to play arrives Monday, giving him some more time off. In the meantime, Sterling Brown should continue seeing an expanded role.
News: Coach Mike Budenholzer was non-committal when asked about Brogdon's (foot) availability for Friday's Game 3 against the Celtics, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports. A determination may be made following Thursday's workout. Teammate Sterling Brown noted that Brogdon "looked great" this week.
Impact: More information might emerge later Thursday, but it seems within the realm of possibility that Brogdon makes his return for Game 3. Out since March 17, Brogdon may have to be eased back into action, whenever that day comes. He'll be a welcome addition back to the Bucks' rotation, as Sterling Brown has struggled in Brogdon's absence.
News: Connaughton totaled five points (2-4 FG, 1-3 Pt), 11 rebounds and three assists across 31 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
Impact: Connaughton continues to get big minutes off the bench, and he's made the most of his opportunities. In six games this postseason, he's averaged 7.7 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 27.5 minutes.
News: Bledsoe totaled 21 points (7-12 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 4-4 FT), five assists, three rebounds and two blocks across 26 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
Impact: After a small performance in Game 1 in which he took only five shots, the Bucks actively got Bledsoe more involved. He drained seven of his 12 shot attempts, including three triples, and he knocked down all of his attempts from the charity stripe. Bledsoe needs to stay involved on offense if the Bucks want to win this series, so expect his usage to remain high.
News: Middleton totaled 28 points (10-18 FG, 7-10 3Pt, 1-1 FT), seven rebounds and an assist across 32 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
Impact: Middleton exploded for 28 points in Tuesday's win, knocking down seven triples and pulling in seven rebounds along the way. The points and the three-pointers were both playoff career highs. Middleton remains the best scoring option behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, and if he's hitting his shots like this, more big games are coming.
News: Antetokounmpo totaled 29 points (7-16 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 13-18 FT), 10 rebounds, four assists, two steals and a block across 31 minutes in the Bucks' win over the Celtics on Tuesday.
Impact: Antetokounmpo bounced back nicely from a below-average performance on Sunday, leading the Bucks to a blowout win and evening the series with the Celtics at 1-1. Though the Celtics did their best to contain Giannis in the paint, he stayed aggressive and got to the free throw line at will. Expect him to continue attacking in Friday's matchup at Boston.
News: Brown (back) is active and coming off the bench for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Celtics, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: Brown is good to go, but coach Mike Budenholzer will opt to start Nikola Mirotic instead. In a bench role this season, Brown is averaging 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16.5 minutes.
News: Mirotic will join the starting lineup for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Celtics, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Sterling Brown (back) is expected to come off the bench as a result. Mirotic has started just three games for the Bucks previously, averaging 9.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal across 25.0 minutes.
News: Brown (back) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Celtics, Jay King of The Athletic reports.
Impact: Brown has been deemed probable, so it would be a surprise if he ended up sitting out Tuesday's contest. If the unexpected happens, Tony Snell would likely be in line to see some minutes.
News: Brogdon (foot) went through a strenuous practice Monday but remains out for Tuesday's Game 2 against the Celtics, Malika Andrews of ESPN reports.
Impact: Coach Mike Budenholzer sounded encouraged with Brogdon's progress, as he said the guard practiced "longer and harder" Monday than he has in recent days. The Virginia product is "starting to look like the Malcolm we know," according to Budenholzer, and the hope is that he could be back in the mix as soon as Friday's Game 3 in Boston.
News: Gasol (ankle) has been ruled out for Game 2 against the Celtics on Tuesday.
Impact: Gasol remains on the bench while tending to a left ankle issue. He hasn't taken the court in over a month, so even if he is cleared to play this postseason, his contributions figure to be limited.
News: Brown (back) is considered probable for Game 2 against the Celtics on Tuesday.
Impact: Brown was forced to leave Sunday's matchup due to back spasms, but he's expected to be ready to roll for the second contest of the series. He finished with three points (1-7 FG, 1-3 3Pt) and three boards over 22 minutes. The Bucks looked discombobulated on both ends of the court in Game 1, so Brown's return to action will help their cause.
News: Lopez finished with three points (1-5 FG, 1-4 3Pt), three rebounds and a block over 26 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Impact: Lopez came up small on offense, scoring just three points on five attempts from the floor. He's been a dependable source of blocks and three pointers this season, but his scoring and reounding are up-and-down on a nightly basis. His off-night is due to a Bucks collapse and a lockdown defensive effort by Boston. Expect the veteran big man to get back up to speed in Game 2 on Tuesday.
News: Antetokounmpo finished with 22 points (7-21 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 5-10 FT), eight rebounds, two assists and a block over 34 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Impact: Antetokounmpo came into Sunday's matchup with the Celtics hot off of a first round sweep of the Pistons. In those four games, he averaged a stellar 26.3 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.5 blocks. His flat performance on Sunday was likely due to some stifling defense from Boston, but he'll need to have a huge Game 2 to even up the series before heading on the road.
News: Middleton finished with 16 points (5-12 FG, 3-4 3Pt, 3-3 FT), 10 rebounds and six assists over 34 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Impact: Middleton piled up another big stat line with a double-double in Sunday's loss. As the Bucks' second option on offense behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Middleton has solid scoring upside and usually contributes across the board in most statistical categories.
News: Mirotic finished with 13 points (5-9 FG, 3-4 3Pt) and four rebounds over 21 minutes in the Bucks' loss to the Celtics on Sunday.
Impact: Mirotic scored 13 points and nailed three triples on Sunday, playing just 21 minutes off the bench. In four prior games in the Detroit series, Mirotic averaged 7.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 15.0 minutes. He's used primarily as a three-point specialist and has a minimal role in Milwaukee's rotation.
News: Brown is questionable to return to Sunday's game against Boston with back spasms, Malika Andrews of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: It's currently unclear what aggravated Brown's back to take him out of the game, but he'll be questionable to return Sunday. Expect more information to come out in the post-game if he isn't able to retake the floor.
News: Snell (ankle) will be available, if needed, for Game 1 against the Celtics, Brian Robb of the Boston Sports Journal reports.
Impact: Coach Mike Budenholzer said Snell was able to log some practice time following the end of the Detroit series, and the three-and-D wing will be an option off the bench behind Sterling Brown. Snell was slowed by an ankle injury during Round 1, which kept him out of Games 1 and 2, while he saw just five total minutes in Games 3 and 4.
News: Brogdon (foot) will be re-evaluated following Tuesday's Game 2 against the Celtics, Chris Forsberg of NBC Sports Boston reports.
Impact: Coach Mike Budenholzer reiterated that Brogdon will miss the two opening games of the series, but he noted that Brogdon has progressed in recent days and has played "some" 5-on-5. That's a step in the right direction for the Virginia product, who put up a 50/40/90 shooting season, though his status remains clouded ahead of Friday's Game 3 in Boston. For now, the Bucks will stick with Sterling Brown in the starting lineup.
News: Brogdon (foot) has been ruled out for both Games 1 and 2 against the Celtics, Matt Velazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Impact: With Brogdon still not yet participating in full practices, it's not surprising that he won't play in either of the first two games of Milwaukee's series with Boston. However, the Bucks have been optimistic that Brogdon will return at some point during this series, so expect another update on the guard once the team heads to Boston for Game 3.
News: Coach Mike Budenholzer said Monday that he expects to have an update on Brogdon's (foot) status later in the week, Eric Nehm of The Athletic reports.
Impact: The Bucks haven't said much about Brogdon since the guard went down with a plantar fascia tear in mid-March, but Budenholzer revealed after Monday's Game 4 win over the Pistons that Brogdon is progressing as expected. Budenholzer noted that Brogdon hasn't participated in any live scrimmages or five-on-five work, but the team is still targeting a return at some point in Round 2 against Boston. After clinching Monday night, the Bucks will have at least four days off before the Eastern Conference Semifinals begin.