The NBA season is suspended for at least the next two months due to the coronavirus outbreak. Right now, we don’t have any basketball at all and that could be the case until June, as reports are alluding to during the hiatus. If that’s the case and the NBA returns to play the postseason, we could have teams in 100% health going into the playoffs for probably the first time ever. The Milwaukee Bucks are on top of the NBA standings and could ultimately win regular-season champions. Let’s take a look at where the Bucks are at injury-wise:
Milwaukee Bucks injury report
Giannis Antetokounmpo (knee) — DTD
Eric Bledsoe (knee) — DTD
Khris Middleton (rest) — Available
George Hill (groin) — DTD
The Bucks were in an interesting spot prior to the hiatus. Giannis, Middleton, Bledsoe, Hill and three other players were held out to rest the game before the League shut down. Giannis and Bledsoe were dealing with legit injuries, though their absences weren’t expected to be lengthy. Middleton was a late scratch along with Donte DiVincenzo and Brook Lopez in the Bucks’ loss to the Nuggets. Essentially this was a throwaway game, but it was a third loss in a row for Milwaukee.
How will these injuries impact the rest of the season?
They shouldn’t impact the Bucks much. Giannis, Middleton and Bledsoe will have a ton of time to heal up for potentially the playoffs if that’s the case. Hill also gets rest as a veteran and the Bucks will look to make a title run if play resumes in a few months. Really, the Bucks were going to get plenty of veterans and core players rest in the final month or so of the regular season, so this is just affording them the luxury of complete rest. My only concern would be the long layoff could put some teams out of the swing of things, causing them to lose some momentum. We really don’t know what to expect.