Veteran forward out for 8 weeks, bad news hit Milwaukee as ‘under-expected’ favorite

Veteran forward out for 8 weeks, bad news hit Milwaukee as ‘under-expected’ favorite

A bad start to the season just got worse. The story of Milwaukee, a title contender with a long way to go.

The Milwaukee Bucks are 5-4 in their first nine games and sit in eighth place in the East as of Thursday.

After acquiring Damian Lillard to start the season, the Bucks emerged as a strong contender, but they’ve been underwhelming. The team’s defense hasn’t been what it used to be, and the Damian Lillard-Yannis Adetokunbo one-two punch hasn’t been as potent as expected.레모나토토 주소

Injuries have also been a problem, with Lillard missing the last two games with a calf injury.

Then came the bad news on Thursday. Veteran forward Jay Crowder was diagnosed with an eight-week injury.

Milwaukee’s J.J. Crowder will be out for eight weeks with a torn left adductor and abdominal muscle, The Athletic’s Shams Karania reported Thursday. Crowder is scheduled to have surgery on the 15th.

This is obviously a big blow for Milwaukee, which has a lot on the line. Crowder has started all nine games at the sixth man this season and is a key veteran resource for the team, playing 26.7 minutes per game. That’s a lot of minutes on the wing lineup.

With Khris Middleton on early-season minutes management, Crowder’s departure is a clear blow to Milwaukee’s depth. The likes of Malik Beasley, Pat Connaughton, and Massaun Butchamp will have to step up.

Milwaukee, whose offensive balance has been severely shaken by early-season defensive breakdowns, will have to contend without veteran forward Crowder for the foreseeable future.

Mired in a two-game losing streak, Milwaukee will attempt to snap the losing streak when they host Chicago on Thursday.

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