Bucks’ Marshall has torn ACL, will miss rest of season

In 28 games this season, Bucks guard Kendall Marshall averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 assists while shooting 45.5 percent.

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Milwaukee Bucks guard Kendall Marshall will miss the remainder of the season after an MRI taken Saturday morning revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. 

Marshall was injured in the second quarter of Milwaukee’s 95-79 victory over the New York Knicks on Thursday at The O2 arena in London. 

"I knew it was something serious," Marshall said. "When I tried to jump stop, it like buckled or popped. It was a pain I hadn’t felt before."

Surgery to repair the injury will take place as soon as the swelling subsides. 

In 28 games, Marshall averaged 4.2 points and 3.1 assists while shooting 45.5 percent. 

The timing of Marshall’s injury is particularly poor for the Bucks, as Milwaukee waived reserve point guard Nate Wolters on Jan. 9 to make room for the addition of forward Kenyon Martin. 

Jerryd Bayless will likely back up Brandon Knight at point guard, but the Bucks will be left without significant depth at the position. 

"He’s been great for us, it is disappointing," head coach Jason Kidd said. "It’s next guy up. We’ll play with the 11 we have and we’ll go from there, we’ll figure it out. Some guys are going to have to play some more minutes."

"Kendall brought a lot to the table for us, even in that second group."

Marshall is the third Bucks player to be ruled out for the season, as Jabari Parker (torn left ACL) and Damien Inglis (right ankle) have already undergone season-ending surgeries. 

The 23-year-old was claimed off waivers by Milwaukee from the Los Angeles Lakers in July. Marshall, who had his contract guaranteed by the Bucks in October, is a free agent following the season.

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