Odds are, the Milwaukee Bucks would have finished the season with a much better record with a string of better health. Such is life in the NBA, but the Bucks have received good news on the season’s final day.
Following the return of Rookie of the Year Award winner Malcolm Brogdon, the Bucks are expecting the return of fellow guard Matthew Dellavedova. Dellavedova missed much of the second half of the season with a right ankle injury, but he will get the finale against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The game will be no cakewalk for the Bucks, as the Sixers have incentive to try to win the game. If the Sixers win, they will lock up the third seed in the Eastern Conference, thus giving them home-court advantage in the first round–and against the Cleveland Cavaliers if they ever meet in the postseason.
Dellavedova, with his return, gives the Bucks an added edge for the postseason. Often criticized for his physical play, Dellavedova is perfectly suited for tough defense in the playoffs.
The Milwaukee medical staff cleared Dellavedova to return for the Sixers game, following the good news that Malcolm Brogdon would be eligible for the playoffs following his 30-game absence.
If the season ended prior to the games, the Bucks would face off with the Sixers in the first round. However, a win over the Sixers and a Cavaliers win over the Knicks would slot the Cavaliers into the third seed, meaning the Bucks would head to Cleveland for Game 1.
Nevertheless, Milwaukee will head into the first round with a healthy squad for the first time this season. Jabari Parker returned in February from his ACL rehabilitation.
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