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Report: Nikola Mirotic out 2-4 weeks with fractured thumb

Nikola Mirotic

Nikola Mirotic has played a key role off the bench for the Milwaukee Bucks since they acquired him in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, but the big man will not be able to contribute for the rest of the regular season and possibly into the playoffs.

Shams Charania of The Athletic reports that Mirotic suffered a fractured thumb during Tuesday night’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers. He is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.

That will likely keep Mirotic out for the remainder of the regular season, and he could miss the some of the postseason as well. The playoffs begin on April 13, so that would be just over three weeks from when Mirotic suffered the injury.

Mirotic had to wait a while before making his Bucks debut because of a calf injury, but he has been a solid reserve player for the East’s best team. He’s averaging 11.6 points and 5.4 rebounds in 14 games with Milwaukee. While losing Mirotic for part of the playoffs wouldn’t be the end of the world, he could provide some much-needed depth.


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