The Milwaukee Bucks are undefeated in the preseason, as they prepare for the regular season. But there is a chance that they’ll start the season down a player. They will potentially start the season with their point guard Eric Bledsoe.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Bledsoe will miss the start of the regular season. Bledsoe suffered a small fracture of his rib and will miss the next two to three weeks. So, he will miss their regular-season opener against the Houston Rockets on October 24. With his current timetable, Bledsoe should return around late November. However, there is a chance that he could return sooner. After the initial report, Bucks general manager Jon Horst told Matt Valazquez of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Bledsoe does not have fractured ribs.
Per Bucks GM Jon Horst, Eric Bledsoe did not fracture his ribs. What happened was he fractured the cartilage between 2 of his ribs. No bones are broken. The issue is pain tolerance, which means he can come back as soon as his pain goes down. May not necessarily be out 2-3 weeks.
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Horst said that Bledsoe fractured the cartilage between two of his ribs. While there is a chance that Bledsoe may return before then, it all depends on his pain tolerance.
On Wednesday, the Bucks beat the Utah Jazz 133-99. Bledsoe played in this game and finished with five points and two assists. He suffered the injury in this game. So, regardless of his status, Bledsoe may not play the rest of the preseason.
Last season, Bledsoe averaged 15.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists per game. His season led to him being named to the All-Defensive First team and a four-year, $70 million contract.
As the Bucks strive to reach the Finals this season, Bledsoe will be one of their crucial players. If Bledsoe is healthy, he could help them significantly.
Until then, the Bucks have George Hill to fill in at the point guard position. Hill averaged 7.6 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists. Hill played well off the bench for the Bucks, especially in the playoffs. The veteran point guard will help the Bucks succeed.
The Bucks are in for an interesting season. Whenever Bledsoe does return, they will be in full effect.
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